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Flossing With Braces

Braces are a very important aspect of orthodontic treatment. Almost no orthodontic treatment is complete without using braces. But there are various aspects associated with the use of braces, which a patient has to keep in mind after the dentist starts the orthodontic treatment, in order to maintain his/her general and oral health and lead to the success of the treatment.

Maintenance of oral hygiene is very important in this regard. It becomes a tedious job to maintain the cleanliness and health of the oral cavity and teeth bonded with braces. Before highlighting about one of the important aspects of keeping the teeth and braces associated with them let understand few simple terms involved.

Plaque: Plaque is highly soft and sticky material that gets deposited on the teeth within no time of eating anything and is mainly composed of food debris and bacteria. If the plaque is not removed it will lead to diseases like tooth decay or soft tissue problems like gingivitis and periodontitis in severe cases.

Flossing With Braces

Plaque Control: It is the removal of microbial plaque and the prevention of its accumulation on the teeth and adjacent gingival tissues. It also prevents calculus formation. There are two important ways of cleaning the teeth and getting rid of plaque-

Mechanical Plaque Control Methods: Mechanical plaque control methods include tooth brushing and interdental cleaning using oral hygiene aids and professional prophylaxis. Mechanical plaque control seems to be the most dependable form of plaque control.

Chemical Plaque Control: Chemical plaque control has been used only as an adjuvant to mechanical means and never as a substitute as though many chemical aids are used to remove plaque these days. Use of an antiplaque agent like chlorhexidine along with mechanical plaque control aids like tooth brush and floss increases the efficiency of plaque removal to a great extent.

Till recently orthodontic brush alone was known to be the sole aid for maintaining the hygiene in patients with braces. But these days dental floss is becoming one of the important ways of plaque removal in orthodontic patients, wearing braces.

Dental Floss: Dental floss is an interdental aid used to clean area in between the teeth where common aids like brush cannot reach with ease. The only points to be kept in mind during the use of floss are that the method can be time consuming, difficult from technical aspect and carries the risk of tissue damage. But seeing the advantages gained even against these odds makes the use of floss indispensable in cases where even normal cleaning aids like brush won’t help.

Flossing With Braces

The floss is very important to clean the area in between the teeth and in contact areas where it is difficult for the brush to reach. It is difficult to floss in braces as the metal wire and the appliances used in the orthodontic procedure usually interfere with the flossing. Moving the floss from underneath the wire and then adjusted around the teeth is then beat way to floss around the teeth with braces. The use of a little plastic appliance called the floss threader to help guide the floss with accuracy can be used depending on the types of orthodontic appliances and the shape of the gum tissue at the time of use. Superfloss is also a new innovative method which consists of separate strands of stiff and thick floss to help treading under the wire with ease. The orthodontist decides the type you need. The speed of flossing will get better and faster with practice done each day. The gums and the teeth grow much healthier and clean as we do regular flossing. The flossing needs to be done at least once a day and obvious at the visit with the orthodontist when the wire is changed or removed. Bleeding from gums is noted initially with flossing due to the infection and irritants present but it decreases as the condition improves.

Few simple steps to be kept in mind while flossing are

Floss and floss threader are taken and a long piece of floss is taken and wrapped around through the loop of the floss threader.

Flossing With Braces

The pointed of the floss threader is taken next and is pulled under the arch wire of the orthodontic braces. The floss threader is pulled all through under the arch wire till the entire floss has been pulled all the way.

Flossing With Braces

Now hold the floss gently and then start to floss in between the teeth and around the arch wire. Care has to be taken especially with unwaxed floss as there are chances of it breaking into shreds. It might take more time while wearing braces but it is worth it to see the result.

Flossing With Braces

Flossing needs to be done under the gum line also and flossing is done under the wire and in between the teeth to prevent the gum diseases as well.

Flossing With Braces

The mouth should be rinsed completely after the flossing is done and is supposed to be done during and after the removal of braces in order to keep the oral hygiene in good condition.

Floss Fish: A new device known as the floss fish is also available in the market to help flossing while wearing braces. A small piece of floss is pulled and one end of it is inserted through the small hole at the tip of the floss fish and is pulled through it. One end of the floss is held against the floss fish.

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The shaft is inserted under the arch wire and in between each bracket. The shaft and the floss are worked carefully in order to remove the plaque present in between your teeth as you would do in case of teeth without braces.

Platypus Flosser: Also available is the platypus flosser, a new hand flossing appliance which is a uniquely designed plastic fork. It has pre attached floss which is slid under the arch wire to be able to floss in between the teeth.

Flossing With Braces

Flossing With Braces

Water Pick Power Flosser: Another alternative to hand flossing is the water pick power flosser which is a battery operated device with a vibrating rubber tip that can be replaced. The rubber tip is placed b/w the contacting teeth and moved up and down and along the sides and the food debris and the bacteria is cleaned. The tip should be cleaned of all the debris before placing it on the next teeth.

The price of this device in the market is about $ 30.

Flossing With Braces

Orthodontic Tooth Brush: Orthodontic tooth brush is a special brush used when braces are on the teeth. In this brush, the bristles in the middle row are smaller than the bristles on the side rows to accommodate the brackets. Orthodontic tooth brushes are more effective in maintaining the oral hygiene when the Orthodontic treatment is being carried out.

Flossing With Braces

Proxa Brush: Proxa brush is a small thin brush which is used to clean the spaces between the two teeth and between the brackets. When the orthodontic treatment is being carried out, the main problem of oral hygiene is to clean the area between two teeth and braces as the chances of food impaction and subsequent decay are maximum. Though it is not as effective as flossing but it is the most convenient and common device to clean the teeth with braces.

If one really wants to save the teeth from the decay during orthodontic treatment then keeping good oral hygiene is very important and all the above mentioned devices like flossing, water pick system, orthodontic brush and the proxa brush help to maintain the same. Only healthy and well aligned teeth can give you beautiful smile.

Flossing With Braces

The floss is very important to clean the area in between the teeth and in contact areas where it is difficult for the brush to reach. It is difficult to floss in braces as the metal wire and the appliances used in the orthodontic procedure usually interfere with the flossing. Moving the floss from underneath the wire and then adjusted around the teeth is then beat way to floss around the teeth with braces. The use of a little plastic appliance called the floss threader to help guide the floss with accuracy can be used depending on the types of orthodontic appliances and the shape of the gum tissue at the time of use. Superfloss is also a new innovative method which consists of separate strands of stiff and thick floss to help treading under the wire with ease. The orthodontist decides the type you need. The speed of flossing will get better and faster with practice done each day. The gums and the teeth grow much healthier and clean as we do regular flossing. The flossing needs to be done at least once a day and obvious at the visit with the orthodontist when the wire is changed or removed. Bleeding from gums is noted initially with flossing due to the infection and irritants present but it decreases as the condition improves.

 

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Posted By : jubeltim on 30-Aug-2011 01:55 AM
thank you, you are the best...^,^
 

 
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