Guide To Flossing And Maintaining Oral Hygiene With Braces

March 1, 2019

Most people are aware of the importance of oral hygiene. Maintaining careful and consistent oral hygiene becomes absolutely necessary when a person has braces.

Inadequate brushing and flossing may cause white and yellow spots to develop on the teeth. This discoloration may negatively affect the overall appearance of one’s smile, which counteracts the braces’ ability to make your smile straighter and nicer.

To ensure that you have a healthy smile after your braces are removed, make sure to take care of your teeth during the process.

HERE ARE A FEW WAYS YOU CAN MAINTAIN ORAL HYGIENE WITH BRACES:

  • Brushing Frequently – When a person eats with braces, there is always a chance that food will get stuck in their braces. Therefore, a person with braces needs to brush as soon as they are done eating. Usually, this means brushing at least three times a day. Brushing frequently should be made into a habit with braces in order to avoid cavities. Use fluoride toothpaste and replace your brush often, as the bristles tend to wear down more quickly with braces.
  • Interdental Brushes – These are small brushes which help to reach every nook and cranny of your teeth and other oral appliances. They help to remove large pieces of rubbish and food from your teeth. Use interdental brushes before you use a normal brush.
  • Flossing – Flossing dislodges the food stuck between your teeth and helps to remove harmful plaque. It may be difficult to floss with braces.
  • Mouthwash – Rinse your mouth with water or a strong mouthwash to help kill the bacteria and remove the biofilm from your tongue.

FLOSSING WITH BRACES

How do you floss when the string always gets stuck in the brace wire? Here are two options that will allow you to do so easily:

  • Traditional flossing with a waxed floss. Take the floss and thread it between the braces’ wire and your teeth in a U shape. Press the floss between your index finger and start moving it up and down gently so as to prevent the floss from getting caught in the wire. For the top teeth, floss in an upside down U shape. Floss up to the gum line. Slowly and gently remove the floss. Repeat the process on your bottom teeth.
  • Waterpik flossing. With a waterpik, you can floss much more quickly. Fill the water reservoir with water. Take the tapered tip and insert it into the water. Press it to make sure that the water goes through the flosser. Place the flosser in your mouth and turn the water flosser on. Allow the water to gently drain from your mouth. Do not spit all of it out at once. Carefully guide the water stream back and forth across your gum line and between your teeth.
  • You can even use dental tape or a floss threader, both of which are much more affordable

Keeping your oral hygiene in check while having braces is crucial so as to prevent any further problems from arising. By using these tips, you will help to ensure that your post-braces smile is as good as can be!

Make an appointment at Bracify 3D Orthodontics to check up on your braces and to ask your orthodontist for more ways to make sure that your treatment goes as smoothly as possible!

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How Long Will You Be in Braces?

How Long Will You Be in Braces?One of the most common questions we get from our patients is “How long will I need to wear my braces?” Unfortunately, there is no set answer, as each case is unique!

However, there are a few important factors that can help determine a timeframe you may be wearing braces for. These factors include your age and the severity of your case, but it’s important to note, estimated times may change depending on progress. Response time to treatment is often unpredictable.

Primary Treatment Times and Factors

The most crucial factor that will help determine how long you’ll be in braces is the severity of your case. Your orthodontist must take into consideration how much room there is for teeth to maneuver, how far your teeth need to move to meet the desired goal, your overall mouth health (including teeth, gum, and bone strength), and of course, how well you follow instructions for care outside of the dental office.

Research shows that the earlier any issues are identified and treated, the shorter the treatment time would be. Braces tend to be worn on average for a period between one and three years for comprehensive treatment. Once you’ve completed your treatment plan, you may be required to wear a retainer or have some other form of follow up treatment. This is usually to aid in maintaining results.

Good Dental Hygiene

Patients who maintain good dental hygiene and follow all instructions provided by their orthodontist may even cut down their time in braces. Good dental hygiene prior to getting braces will usually mean that the teeth, gums, and bones are strong and in good health, which will make the process easier.

Type of Braces

There are a few common options for braces available, including standard metal braces, ceramic braces, and Invisalign. Different types of braces require a different treatment plan and aftercare. This may affect how long you have braces, especially if home care instructions are not followed accurately. It is also possible that there may be damage to braces over time and repairs may be required. In both cases, you may have to wear them for a bit longer.

Your Orthodontist Makes a Difference

Regardless of the severity of your case, choosing Bracify 3D Orthodontics will make all the difference. We have a highly trained, qualified, friendly, and experienced orthodontics team.

We do our best to work with you to ensure that you completely understand your treatment plan. Before starting your treatment, we will teach you how best to adjust to wearing braces and caring for them. To beautifully align your teeth in the shortest time frame possible, book an appointment with Bracify 3D Orthodontics today!

Tips for Cleaning Your Invisalign Aligners

Invisalign Aligners are lovely, aren’t they? No brackets, no wires and, most importantly, transparent, so they don’t get in the way of your beaming smile. Invisalign Aligners do come with some maintenance, though, to keep them bacteria-free and looking clear as day. Check out these simple steps to help you keep your trays clean.

1. Brush Your Teeth, But Rinse the Aligners.

Brushing your teeth before putting in your aligners helps to prevent food and plaque from getting stuck pressed up against your teeth when the aligners are in place. Sounds nasty right? So, make sure your teeth are nice and clean before putting the aligners on.

That said, only use toothpaste for your teeth. Don’t use toothpaste to clean your aligners as many brands have ingredients that can scratch up or cloud the trays, making them less clear. Rinse your aligners off with water and some non-colored antibacterial soap instead, and do it every time you take them out of your mouth. This will help keep dry saliva and plaque from forming bad-smelling bacteria on them.

2. Daily Soaks

Soak your aligners at least once a day to give them a deep clean. If you do brush them, make sure to do it gently to avoid scratches. Denture cleaners can also work well to sanitize the trays, so you aren’t putting any unnecessary bacteria in your mouth.

3. Avoid Eating and Drinking

Many foods and drinks can stain or do damage to your aligners so, stick with drinking water instead. When it’s time to eat, remove the trays (remember to rinse them out!) and eat to your heart’s content. Make sure your teeth are clean before re-inserting.

Give Us a Call

If you ever run into problems or have questions about your Invisalign Aligners, or maybe you think it’s time to get a pair for yourself or a family member, then give Bracify 3D Orthodontics a call today to schedule an appointment. Dr. Gupta and her team will help ensure your teeth are looking just as perfect as your smile.

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Why Invisalign?

Invisalign is known for being more convenient and less painful than some of the conventional options, but there are things you must do to ensure it’s a successful form. If you fail to take care of your teeth while using Invisalign, you won’t get the beautiful smile you long for and deserve. Here are some of the essential tips to remember when using Invisalign!

You Must Rinse and Floss Daily

The most important tip – no matter where you read about Invisalign treatments – is to rinse and floss every single day after you eat. Most people remember to brush their teeth after eating. However, rinsing with water will help to loosen the food particles, and you can floss to help get rid of food that has gotten stuck between the teeth.

Think of your Invisalign as being your real teeth. Treat them like you would regular teeth – brush, rinse, and floss. By doing this, you improve your chances of successful treatment.

What many people fail to recognize is that Invisalign is plastic aligner, which will hold onto food even after brushing. That is why it is so essential to rinse and floss after eating or drinking.

Wear Your Aligners

If you want to get the most from your Invisalign aligners quickly, you should be wearing them at least 22 hours a day, removing them for times when you’re eating, drinking or playing some contact sports. (Don’t forget to brush and floss after eating and drinking before putting the aligners back in, and then brush again to minimize bacteria in your mouth.)

If you decide to keep wearing your Invisalign aligner while playing contact sports, consider buying a mouth guard to protect your “investment” and teeth.

Use Chewies

Invisalign treatment is only successful when each tooth fits appropriately in the aligner. How do you know if your aligner isn’t fitting just right? If you feel air gaps between the teeth and aligner, then there is an issue. This is where chewies come in to help. They are small, plastic cylindrical cushions that will help in sealing the aligner, so they fit against your teeth.

Regular use of chewies can improve the chances of the treatment finishing in a shorter time frame. Just use them several times a day for up to 10 minutes each time to get the benefit they provide.

Change Aligners When Directed

Your orthodontist is going to give you a schedule of when you need to change your aligners. Don’t ignore it. Don’t think you can wait a few more days before changing them or that you can change them a day or two early. Changing them early or late can harm the overall treatment.

See Your Orthodontist Regularly and Get Your Cleanings

You already know how important oral health is, which is why it’s stressed that you get your teeth cleaned two times a year. Many people neglect their mouth, which can lead to other health problems. If you’re seeing an orthodontist for Invisalign treatment, you don’t want to ignore your cleaning.

On top of that, your orthodontist can determine if the Invisalign isn’t working like it should, making adjustments where necessary and coming up with solutions, so you get the most from the treatment.

Use Your Retainer

Once you have finished wearing your aligners, your retainer is another essential part of your treatment. The retailer should be worn every day until your orthodontist tells you it’s okay to wear it only at night.

Always follow your orthodontist’s instructions regarding the treatment plan to ensure its success. It can take anywhere from six months to a year for your Invisalign treatment to work. It’s not uncommon for many people to need another set of Invisalign aligners in the middle of their treatment, but remember what the goal is: to give you a beautiful smile you desire and deserve.

Book an appointment with our team at Bracify 3D Orthodontics to see if Invisalign is right for you!

Dental Wax: Your Sidekick in Living with Braces

Ah, braces. A necessary pain. Braces can be uncomfortable at times, but luckily, that is exactly what dental wax is for. Like a knight in pearly-white armor, dental wax is here to save the day!

What is Dental Wax?

Dental wax is a natural wax, usually made from beeswax, carnauba, or paraffin that you apply to your braces to give them a smoother, more comfortable surface. The wax provides a buffer between the hard metal and your soft mouth. It’s great when your braces feel “scratchy” or when a wire breaks and you need to keep it from stabbing into your mouth while you wait for an orthodontist visit.

Unfortunately, if you accidentally digest even the smallest amount, you’ll need to go to the ER to have it removed from your stomach. Kidding! Only kidding. It wouldn’t make much sense to put a toxic product in your mouth, now, would it? (I’m looking at you, tobacco users). Dental wax is perfectly safe and it’s ok to accidentally swallow some as it wears away. Some waxes may even be flavored with mint or other natural and safe ingredients.

Over time, dental wax will wear away and rub or flake off your braces. That is totally normal, and again, it’s safe to digest. If your braces get uncomfortable, simply apply another layer.

How to Apply It

Before you do anything, wash your hands to avoid putting unwanted germs and bacteria in your mouth. Then, you will want to brush your teeth, specifically focusing on where you want to apply the wax.

The wax itself is solid at room temperature, but you can soften and shape it by squeezing and rolling it around in your hands. You will want to stick with a small amount, maybe the size of a pea. Once the wax is soft enough, simply push it onto the part of the braces where you need it. You could also use your tongue to get it exactly where you want it.

Eating with the wax on can be a little difficult since it may stick to your food. You can remove it before eating, but if you decide to leave it on, be sure to replace any dirty wax after you eat. It wouldn’t do any good to your smile if you had old food stuck to your teeth.

You can use floss to remove the wax as long as you are careful not to damage your braces or gums.

You Can Survive Braces

Life with braces can be a drag sometimes, but it is well worth it. Your orthodontist and dental wax are both there to help. Use the wax as your sidekick to help you survive the day-to-day and always be sure to make an appointment Bracify 3D Orthodontics if you need help or have questions about living with your braces.

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