Flossing is an oral hygiene habit that is used to remove debris and leftover food particles from the spaces between teeth. When you wear braces, you must floss your teeth as with merely brushing it is difficult to maintain oral hygiene. With flossing, you can reach the area that is missed by brushing. Braces are a solution to teeth misalignment or crooked teeth. Although it is difficult and time-consuming to floss teeth with braces as compared with teeth without braces. You can take tips from private dentist Basingstoke about flossing your teeth.
Yet flossing is significant as it prevents gum disease and tooth decay for a better smile. Use waxed floss and do it for 10 to 15 minutes as it is tricky to floss with braces. You should avoid unwaxed floss as it can stuck in the metal braces and can hurt your gums and teeth.
First of all, cut a floss of length 18 to 24 inches long. Before this, it would be better to brush your teeth carefully and clean around the brackets, and then rinse your mouth with water. This will loosen the stuck food particles. Now stand in the front of a mirror and keep an eye on the thread. Place the floss between the main wire and your teeth. To floss in a convenient manner, wrap the corners of floss around your index fingers.
Now press the floss between two teeth and slide it up and down. For the upper teeth, make an upside-down U shape taking the gum line side of one tooth and the bottom side of the other tooth. Do it gently and carefully as accidentally you may knock out the wire of the bracket. Repeat the process for the other set of teeth.
Although there is an option of Invisalign which is more convenient than the braces. You can remove the trays of Invisalign and clean your teeth. Moreover, you can also remove it while eating your food. It would be better to talk to a dentist to explore other options for misaligned teeth treatment.
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