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Tips for Brushing Teeth While Wearing Braces

January 1, 2017

The process of braces can take a few years to complete. You will still need to keep up with your oral hygiene during this time which will include brushing and flossing thoroughly. You can’t wait to get your braces off and then take care of the health and color of your teeth. At that time there could be permanent damage that needs to be dealt with. It is best to have a strategy for keeping your gums and teeth clean and healthy with your braces on. These things are not as easily done when you have braces on so there are some tips that you may use to get a good clean mouth.

Leaver & Gardner List Some Tooth Brushing Tips You Can Try While You Have Braces On

Use The Right Toothbrush: When you go out to get a new toothbrush you may want to look at the strength of the toothbrush and get one that is soft. You want to make sure that your teeth are clean as well as your gums. If you use a medium or hard toothbrush you may end up damaging your gums and causing some injury. Using the right type of toothbrush is a great way to be sure that you are getting the cleanliness that you want.
Pre-Brush With Water First: Your first instinct when going in to brush your teeth is to get the toothbrush wet and slop on some toothpaste. This is a great idea when you don’t actually have braces on your teeth. When you do have braces on your teeth you want to start with water only. The issue is that the braces themselves have lots of areas that food can get stuck. When you use toothpaste to start you are causing bubbles to form and you potentially won’t be able to see if all the debris is gone. When you use a wet toothbrush first you are able to see what debris is on the braces and make sure that it is removed. Take time to treat around your brackets one at a time to get on top of, under and in between them the best that you can. This includes the back teeth as well. This is a great way to clean your teeth and help to prevent any cavities from appearing as well.
How Long to Brush Your Teeth?: Brushing your teeth whether you have braces of not should not be a race. You need to ensure that you are spending an appropriate amount of time actually cleaning your teeth. The general rule is to brush for two minutes at minimum. You want o give that much time to make sure that the teeth are clean and the gums need to be massaged to increase blood flow to allow for healthy tissue to exist.
Floss Your Teeth Often: One of the harder parts of dental hygiene when you have braces on is to floss your teeth. You can’t use a standard piece of floss to get in between the teeth because the wire is blocking access. There are some items that are sold to help with flossing and even if it takes more time you want to use that time to do it right. It is extremely easy to get a cavity when you skip flossing.

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Leaver & Gardner Orthodontics offers braces and other orthodontic care so call today to make your appointment.

Implications of Tongue & Lip Piercings

December 26, 2016

Many people choose to have their ear pierced as part of their fashion sense. Other people choose to have more piercings done that can include your tongue, cheek and your lip. If you have a teen or you have chosen to have a piercing in any of these areas you may want to look at the problems that can come because of them. They may be a way to express yourself and show off your individuality but you don’t want to put your oral care at risk of trouble. Before you have any oral piercing done it is a good idea to speak to your dental professional to understand what problems may come because of it.

Leaver & Gardner Orthodontics Outlines What Potential Dental & Orthodontic Risks Come With An Oral Piercing

Chipped & Broken Tooth: One of the major problems with having any kind of oral piercing is that you can potentially chip, crack or break a tooth. The piercing is going to be some kind of metal that you are not used to on your mouth. You can end up accidentally chomping down on the metal piercing and causing your tooth to break. If you have a tooth that has been broken you will need to get an appointment with the dentist to have it repaired.
Broken Braces Bracket: The other problem for people that are going through orthodontic care is that they have a bracket on each tooth. A piercing that is on the lip or even the tongue can come in contact with the bracket by eating or simply by talking. When this happens the bracket can break and separate from the tooth. This will lead to an appointment with the orthodontist to make the repair and it can potentially set back your orthodontic care. It may take longer to make the corrections the more that the brackets and hardware are broken.
Gum Injury; Trauma to Gum Line: The health of your teeth is really only part of the health of your mouth. The gums play a huge role in your oral health. When you have a piercing it can hit the gums too hard causing a sore that can become infected. Another problem with an oral piercing is that it can continue to rub or bump into a particular part of the gums that can cause them to recede which exposes the nerves of the teeth causing sensitivity.
Swollen Gums, Pain & Infections: If there is any other problems with your oral health it can delay your orthodontic care. This includes injury and infections to your teeth, mouth and gums. The piece of jewelry that is used is supposed to be cleaned but it is going directly into your mouth and that can easily lead to an infection. You will need to have your infection treated fully before the orthodontist can continue the treatment.

Expert Orthodontic Care

If you are thinking about having an oral piercing whether it is your lip or tongue it is best to wait until after your orthodontic treatment is completely. Then ask the advice of your general dentist for the cons of having an oral piercing when it comes to the health of your mouth and teeth. Leaver & Gardner Orthodontics offers expert orthodontic care so give us a call today to set up your appointment.

Holiday Foods & Drinks to Avoid When Wearing Braces

December 18, 2016

Christmas is but a few weeks away with all of those delicious treats and tantalizing dinner rapidly approaching us. For those with braces, you may feel cheated, for not everything on the dinner table is yours for the taking. There are many kinds of foods that can damage your braces and your teeth. Leaver & Gardner Orthodontics wants to discuss with those wearing braces what food must be avoided as well as the traditional holiday delights that you can still partake in.

Holiday Food & Drinks to Avoid When Wearing Braces

Christmas seems to be the time of year we are bombarded with the sweetest and stickiest of treats. As tempting as they might be, sweet and sticky is the wrong combination for those with braces. Sorry. There are even some foods that are prepared for Christmas dinner that should be avoided because they leave small bits and particles in your teeth that can damage them and cause tooth decay. For effective orthodontic treatment, you must avoid some of these foods and clean your braces properly. Here are some of this year’s holiday delicacies you should avoid.
Hard Candy Canes – Candy Canes are often used as a quick treat. Even those used to decorate our Christmas trees are sometimes later consumed as part of our holiday traditions. If you avoid chewing on the candy canes and slowly suck them down, it should prevent direct damage to the braces, Keep in mind, the sugar left behind must be cleaned quickly or you could suffer tooth decay. Due to the high sugar content in candy canes we suggest minimum consumption of this holiday delight.
Christmas Pudding – Christmas pudding and even mince pies and other chew desserts that are high in sugar is an obvious problem for those with braces because they can slip into the tightest of cracks. On top of that, these chew foods will clog up your braces making it difficult to chew. Cleaning will become a nightmare with foods like these since pudding gets into the smallest of cracks. Most often tooth decay is not far behind.
Crushed Ice & Cubes – Ice cubes often are used to cool down our drinks. As great as it is for cooling down or chilling your holiday beverage, avoid chewing them. Ice cubes can damage both your teeth and braces.
Hard Vegetables – Despite vegetables being rather healthy foods, raw vegetables will also damage braces and get easily stuck inside them. Other hard foods like nuts, stone fruits, etc can damage the wires and brackets of the braces if you’re not careful. If you’re looking forward to some vegetables, it is better to eat them cooked and softened and in small pieces.

What Kind of Candy, Sweets & Holiday Foods Can You Eat with Braces?

Now we don’t want you feel like you can eat anything Christmas day nor do we want you to feel bullied by us, so here are some of those Christmas delights that are approved by most orthodontists! Most traditional Christmas dinners have turkey, potatoes and cooked vegetables. They can be eaten in small pieces are fine for those with braces. That Christmas pudding can be exchanged for ice cream or even a festive chocolate log which can be cleaned much easier and won’t damage the wire or brackets of your braces. Sugary drink beverages can be consumed but make sure you rinse with water after you finish them. Of course after your holiday binge is over, make sure to clean your teeth and braces thoroughly.

Orthodontic Care

Leaver & Gardner Orthodontics wants everyone to enjoy Christmas, and let’s face it, eating is pretty joyous. Don’t let your braces hold back your holiday enjoyment. Just proceed with caution. If you have questions, contact us and we will help you enjoy this Christmas.

Teeth Straightening Options Without Traditional Braces

December 12, 2016

There are many different aspects that lead to great self confidence. Having straight teeth is one of the major attributes folks desire. Having healthy and aligned teeth is a perfect way to boost the confidence we crave, especially as we enter adulthood. Having braces into adulthood, and even throughout the years of adolescence can be a challenge, luckily there are a few alternatives to getting your teeth to their full potential.

Options to Straighten Teeth Without Traditional Metal Braces

1. Clear Aligners or Invisalign. Clear aligners or Invisalign are becoming an increasingly more trendy approach to traditional braces and are an exceptional alternative to straightening teeth. They are far more discrete than the traditional metal braces. The treatment comprises of several clear, plastic trays custom made for the patient. You will get new trays at specific intervals throughout the course of treatment following the previous one once it has straightened out your teeth to its level, till eventually, there is no longer a need. They are worn between 22-24 hours a day, removed for cleaning and oral hygiene, and food consumption. The use of Invisalign is more preferred among patients who have a more severe case, but don’t want the more obvious approach of braces.
2. Veneers. Most patients would shy away from that procedure in the early stages of veneers. But over time, modern technology, and engineer’s research and development have advanced. Now veneers have become a more useful and beneficial way to straighten your teeth. Veneers are fine, thin strips of porcelain, or similar materials, that are matched to the approximate same shade of your teeth. A few trips to the orthodontist in order to ensure the perfect fit, veneers will help straighten your teeth quickly and efficiently.
3. Retainers. Patients with minor malocclusions or misaligned teeth using retainers are a common alternative and have been used nearly as long as braces have. Retainers are worn continuously or just in the evening hours depending on the severity of your case. For patients that have severe misaligned teeth braces generally start the treating process and then completed with the use of a retainer.
4. Serial Extraction. Malocclusion are a byproduct of baby teeth and adult teeth interacting with each other in most cases. More than likely, multiple teeth erupted without the available space for them to do so. Serial extraction is an affordable way and effective option for this particular situation and avoids braces. However, in order for this option to be a possibility, the dentist has to track your child’s teeth early and painless remove the baby teeth as the adult teeth begin pushing through the gum line.

Professional Orthodontic Care

Catching teeth early is a lot more optimal in correcting malocclusion. Along with efficient oral hygiene care, your teeth can be better preserved to last throughout your life. If your desire is to achieve straighter teeth, but you want to avoid the use of braces, come see us at Leaver and Gardner Orthodontics, we can consult with you on your specific needs and optimal options. Call us today to schedule your appointment.

How to Clean & Sterilize Retainers

December 4, 2016

When you wear an orthodontic retainer, it needs to be cleaned just like your teeth. Your mouth is full of bacteria and it will start to affect your retainer if you aren’t properly cleaning it. Just like your teeth, plaque can build up on your retainer and that mixed with bacteria can cause it to smell. Leaver & Gardner Orthodontics is here to talk about how to clean your orthodontic retainers.

How to Clean Your Orthodontic Retainer

Whenever you take your retainer out of your mouth to brush your teeth, you should also be cleaning your retainer. This will make it impossible for plaque and bacteria to cause your retainer to smell and look dirty. When cleaning your retainer, there are several ways to do it.

Cleaning Your Retainer With Denture Cleaner

Even though this cleaner is made primarily for dentures, it can be used to clean retainers as well. You want to avoid using it all the time because the cleaner is strong and can cause damage to your retainer if you use it too often. To clean with denture cleaner, fill a shallow cup with enough water to cover the retainer and add the cleaning tablet. After allowing it to soak for 15-20 minutes place the retainer in non-alcoholic mouthwash and let it soak for at least 30 minutes to several hours. Make sure the mouthwash doesn’t contain alcohol, since the alcohol found in mouthwash will damage your retainer.

How to Clean Retainers With Baking Soda

To clean your retainer with baking soda, make a paste out of distilled water and baking soda. After you have made a paste, use a soft bristled toothbrush to lightly scrub your retainer with the paste just as you would brush your teeth. Pay particular attention to the cracks and crevices on your retainer that will trap bacteria. After giving it a good scrub, rinse and you are done.

How to Clean Clear Retainers With Vinegar

After rinsing your retainer, place it in a shallow dish and completely submerge it in vinegar. Let your retainer soak for 3-5 minutes. Don’t leave it for longer than 5 minutes because vinegar can damage your retainer if left too long. After soaking, scrub your retainer with a toothbrush thoroughly and rinse.

Mild Castile Soap Retainer Cleaner

If you want a gentle cleaner, castile soap is the one for you. It has an olive or coconut oil base and is effective in gently cleaning without using chemicals. Mix a bit of liquid castile soap in warm water and submerge your retainer. While submerged, scrub the retainer with a toothbrush. Rinse and you’re done.

Sanitize Your Orthodontic Retainer

In order to sanitize your retainer, you can use warm water and anti-bacterial dish soap to do it. Scrub the retainer in the mixture and rinse. After this, you can soak it in rubbing alcohol for a short time. This shouldn’t exceed 15 minutes because the alcohol can cause damage to your retainer. After soaking in alcohol, you should let it soak in a shallow dish of distilled water to complete the disinfecting.

Expert Orthodontic Care

Just like your teeth, you should clean your retainer to keep it clean and your mouth healthy. Leaver & Gardner Orthodontics offer orthodontic care to give you the smile you want. Call for an appointment today!

Inflamed, Receding & Bleeding Gums

November 28, 2016

When wearing braces, there are many dental issues you need to look out for. From demineralization and sensitivity to plaque, tartar and bad breath; it’s important to be vigilant in your dental health routine. Today, Leaver & Gardner Orthodontics wants to address another dental problem you may experience while wearing braces; bleeding gums. It can be quite alarming to see your gums bleeding but don’t panic. It’s a good idea to determine the why so you can best stop it from happening!

Causes of Bleeding Gums Around One Tooth or Multiple Teeth When Wearing Braces

New toothbrush can cause bleeding gums. Toothbrushes that have firm bristles can be hard on gums. If your new toothbrush is making your gums bleed, check the package to see what kind it is. The toothbrushes you buy should always be soft. Some people think that soft bristles won’t clean as well as firm but that’s not true. They clean just as well. Make sure you use the proper brushing technique and that you don’t push too hard. Pushing too hard can damage the gums especially if they’re sensitive to begin with. Braces wearers are quite susceptible to sensitivity and will find soft bristles less irritating to receding gums. Once you get your braces off, it is also a good idea to not brush too hard as you adjust to not wearing them anymore.
Medications can cause dry mouth and bleeding gums. Some medications will make gums more prone to sensitivity that can cause them to become inflamed which can lead to bleeding. Other medications cause blood thinning which can lead to gums bleeding as well. Check the side effects of the medications your are taking to see if it’s one of the side effects. You should always continue with your medication but be a little gentler when brushing until the medication cycle is complete.
Gum disease. If your gums are red, swollen and tender it could be a sign of gum disease. Gum disease can be caused by other factors but usually it’s due to poor oral hygiene. And oral hygiene is something braces wearers struggle with. You have the additional challenge of cleaning around the gum line with braces which means you should be especially vigilant. Gum disease is also called periodontal disease that happens when there is an excessive buildup of plaque. Having good oral health practices is the surest way to keep gum disease away. This means brushing teeth twice a day for at least two minutes and flossing daily.
Poor Oral Hygiene. Braces wearers who don’t brush their teeth on a regular basis can also have gums that bleed more easily. Teeth that are neglected have gums that become more swollen and inflamed because plaque is allowed to remain on the teeth for longer periods of time. Plaque is an invisible film of bacteria that forms on teeth after we eat which is why good oral care helps gums remain healthy.

How to Get Strong, Healthy Gums

Vitamin C can help keep gums healthy. You can take a Vitamin C supplement or incorporate more fruits and vegetables that have Vitamin C into their diet. For many reasons, it’s always a good idea to limit sugary drinks and not just soda, but juice too. Try to take care of any issues that may be leading to bleeding gums before they become major issues. Gums that bleed for more than a week might be a sign of gum disease. Brushing and flossing are important, and so are regular orthodontist checkups!

History of Orthodontics

November 21, 2016

Many believe that the desire for straighter and healthier teeth is a modern man’s delight. We have greatly advanced our methods for teeth alignment and can better correct future teeth problems. Orthodontists became a common profession in the 19th century and many people believe that this was the start of professional tooth care. However this is not the case. Leaver & Gardner Orthodontics wil shed some light on the first orthodontista.

When Were Braces First Used in Ancient Egypt?

Archaeologists have found crooked teeth in human remains dating back 50,000 years. In modern times orthodontists use braces to correct misaligned teeth. Something very similar has been found in Egyptian mummies. Many of the mummies have been found with crude metal bands around their teeth. Some archaeologists believe catgut may have been tied to these bands to provide pressure to move the teeth into proper alignment.

How Have Braces Changed Over the Centuries?

The Ancient Greeks, the Etruscans and the Romans also practiced orthodontia. This method describes a gold band that was used on Etruscan women to preserve the position of the teeth after death. In an ancient Greek physician’s writing that was found, it suggests the first known description of tooth irregularities at around 400 B.C. A Roman writer named Celsus, 400 years later, recommended bringing newly emerging teeth into their proper position by regularly pushing them with your fingers. To correct elongated teeth, another Roman named Pliny the Elder, who lived from 23 to 79 A.D., advised filing them to size. This is some of the oldest known use of orthodontics.

1728 Pierre Fauchard Father of Dentisty & 18th Century Orthodontics

In the 17th century, Matthaeus Gottfried began using wax to create the first dental impressions. Then in 1756 Phillip Pfaff evolved the techniques of taking impressions, by using plaster, which began a huge step in dentistry advancement. Pierre Fauchard was born in 1728 and grew up to become known as the Father of Dentistry. He invented an appliance called bandeau. This was a horseshoe shape metal strip that fit around the teeth with regular spaced holes to correct the teeth alignment — the first braces. Fauchard would also operate on patients with a set of forceps called a pelican, forcibly realigning teeth and tying them to the neighboring teeth to hold them in place while they healed. The next major breakthrough contributing to the practice of orthodontics began in the 19th century, in the United States. In 1822 J.S. Gunnell invented the occipital anchorage, a form of headgear that fastens to the jaw from the outside of the mouth to exert gentle pressure on the teeth. Then in 1840, Chapin A. Harris published the first classic book on dentistry, “The Dental Art,” outlining practices such as soldering knobs on bands to assist with tooth rotation, and applying gold caps to molars to open the dental bite.

Modern Orthodontics

The art of orthodontics and dentistry goes back far longer than most people realize. This however has been a skill at least as old as 400 B.C. This makes orthodontics one of the longest ongoing professions. We are very grateful to the advance in today’s understanding and technology. We at Leaver & Gardner Orthodontics want to give thanks to mankind’s history and development in the field of Orthodontics. Contact us for your orthodontic care.

How to Reduce & Fix Gaps in Teeth

November 15, 2016

When you are ready to start your orthodontic care you may want an exact answer on how long it might take. The biggest problem is that no two people are the same and neither are the teeth in their mouth. Each individual needs to be looked at and evaluated. The orthodontist can give an estimate on how long the process will take but that is just an estimate and it could easily change. Once we get into moving the actual teeth, we might find that there are more changes that need to be done. We may also have to do more adjustments than originally thought to fix a bite or a particular tooth. This can also go the other direction and the teeth may line up easier than they thought. This also means you might be the lucky one that gets them off sooner than you thought! One area of concern is always gaps that need to be closed. Some are easily closed while others can be extremely difficult.

Leaver & Gardner Lists Reasons Some Gaps Are Hard To Close With Braces

Size & Shape of Teeth: One of the main issues that the orthodontist comes across when trying to close a gap is the size and the shape of the teeth. After braces, the teeth should come together closely and leave just enough space so that dental floss can clean the area. You don’t want to close the gap but still have a space only at the top or the bottom. You want them to close evenly and the size or shape can hinder the process. The tooth may need to be reshaped or changed so that it can fit the space. This can be done by shaving a small portion to even it out or adding some porcelain to the tooth to fill the gap. There are some gaps that need to be addressed and can require a larger amount of dental work to accomplish the final desired result.
Surrounding Tissue Or Ligaments Are Too Large: If the tooth is the right shape and size but the gap still will not close properly there could be another problem. The issue could come from the tissue that is in between the two teeth. If there is excess tissue, you may need to have it removed by the dentist so that the teeth can align properly. Another problem can be because of the ligament that extend from the gums. The ligament can be too large and if that is the case you may require a crown to be placed on the tooth. The last issue that you could have because of the surrounding tissues is from tongue posturing. This is when the tongue is pushing against the teeth causing them to space out. This will require the orthodontist to do their work as well as some therapy to relearn how to hold your tongue in your mouth.
Spacing Caused by Bite: Another can simply be due to the position of the bite. The bite needs to align so that each tooth lands in a particular place. When there is a tooth that lands in the arch of another tooth it can cause those two teeth to start to spread. The orthodontist may need to adjust the bite to separate the cause of the separation. Leaver & Gardner Orthodontists offers orthodontic care to help close hard to deal gaps and align teeth and bites.

Pros of Early Orthodontic Treatment

November 7, 2016

Many of us remember our teenage years being full of orthodontic appointments, but orthodontics isn’t only for teenagers. People of all ages get orthodontic work done. Although there is never anyone that is too old for orthodontics, there are some real benefits to starting orthodontic treatment young. Leaver & Gardner Orthodontics would like to talk about some of the reasons you want to start thinking about orthodontics for your children sooner rather than later.

Why are Early Orthodontic Treatments Important?

It’s true that many teenagers have braces to make their smiles beautiful. There are several benefits that come from starting orthodontics early on though. There are three phases of orthodontics that you should think about for your child.

Phase One Braces & Orthodontic Care

This phase starts when a child is very young. Around the age of two you need to start considering your child’s mouth. This is a time to prevent bad habits that might result in more orthodontic care than otherwise needed. These habits include thumb sucking, use of pacifiers and drinking from a bottle. Some starter cups are shaped much like a bottle and have the same effect on your baby’s teeth. These habits will actually change the shape of your child’s mouth and end up costing you more money in the end when trying to correct it. Phase one orthodontic treatment can include expansion, active retainer or partial braces that is done before all of the permanent teeth have erupted. It often occurs between the ages of six and ten. Leaver & Gardner recommends Phase one treatment when there is a moderate or severe orthodontic problem that should not wait until later to be addressed.

Phase Two Braces & Orthodontic Treatment

Phase two starts between the ages of 6 and 12. As your child loses their primary teeth and permanent teeth start to come in, the orthodontist and dentist can see how the permanent teeth are coming in. At this point, stage two treatment plans can begin to treat any bite or alignment issues. The orthodontist can guide your child’s permanent teeth as they come in to ensure they are in the right position.

Phase Three Braces & Orthodontic Care

This phase takes place in early adolescence. At this point, there should have already been some orthodontic treatment for early issues and your child’s smile will undergo any fine tuning it needs to attain perfectly aligned teeth.

Why is Early Treatment Better than Late Orthodontics?

There are several factors that cause teeth to be misaligned. As a child, their bone structure is still developing and treatment can start. If your child has an underbite or overbite, the likelihood of it being treated with orthodontics alone is greater when the child is young. If you wait too long, there may be a need for surgery along with orthodontics in order to fix it. The results are often far more ideal when treatment takes place at a young age rather than older.

Teeth Straightening

Give your child a head start on the smile that they will want as they get older. A beautiful smile does a lot for a person’s confidence. Often, a person’s smile is the first thing someone notices about you. Don’t hesitate to have your child’s teeth examined at a young age. Leaver & Gardner Orthodontics can make a plan that will fit your child’s needs best. Call for an appointment today!

Flossing With Braces Made Easy

October 30, 2016

Not properly cleaning your teeth while wearing braces can lead to oral health issues like gingivitis and decalcification (white marks) that can lead to more serious problems. It’s hard to get kids to floss and even harder when they have braces. Flossing with braces will take twice as long as flossing without braces but must be don to prevent plaque buildup and gingivitis. It will take commitment from parents to make sure teeth remain healthy while teeth are being straightened. Good dental and orthodontic care will minimize and prevent oral health problems caused by the presence of traditional dental braces.

Gingivitis and Decalcification

Gingivitis is the earliest sign of gum disease and appears as red, shiny and swollen gums. It is caused by plaque that irritates the gums and can lead to an infection. Decalcification affects the enamel of your teeth causing white spots or lesions. Decalcification is one of the earliest signs of decay and therefore helpful to look out for. Prevention is crucial as decalcification is impossible to reverse.

Instructions for How to Brush Teeth with Braces

To ensure plaque removal it’s important to brush all around the parts of your dental braces as well as all the surfaces of your teeth. If possible, try and brush after every meal or snack. Rinse your mouth well with water if you are unable to brush right away. Using a sonic toothbrush might be easier when you have braces. However, like any toothbrush, a sonic brush will not remove all the plaque so you’ll still need to floss. Getting around brackets, wires and other orthodontic hardware can be difficult with a manual toothbrush but it will do the job if done correctly. Make sure to check the brush heads more regularly as they tend to wear out faster with braces.

Easy Ways to Floss Quickly with Braces; Flossers & Waterpiks

You can use floss threaders designed to get around your braces. The threaders are inexpensive and disposable. They work by pulling the floss through the teeth above the wire to reach the gum line. You may need to help younger children unable to sit still by sitting them in front of the TV. Help them until they get the hang of it. Make sure to use waxed floss because non-wax floss will catch on braces easier. Make sure to slide the floss right up to the gum line of both teeth before pulling the threader and floss out and moving to the next tooth. This method is time consuming. An easier way to floss is to use a Waterpik with an orthodontic tip to remove plaque that brushing just can’t reach. It is clinically proven to be more effective than using floss with braces. The orthodontic tip has a tapered brush that will remove plaque that forms on the brackets and between your teeth. A Waterpik will also flush out food particles and bacteria around your teeth and underneath the gums.

Orthodontic Consultations & Treatment

Add fluoridated toothpaste or a fluoridated rinse to prevent tooth decalcification and decay. And try to avoid foods that can cause tooth decay while wearing braces. Always continue with regular dental checkups while you have braces. Some orthodontists will even remove your wire for you prior to a dental checkup to help with the cleaning. Contact Leaver Gardner Orthodontics to begin your road to a beautiful smile.