How to Use a Water Flosser with Braces

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Teen Procedure

Have braces? Hate flossing? Then you’re in luck! Investing in a water flosser is a great way to thoroughly clean around your orthodontic appliances. Plus, you can even use them once you get your braces off.

Although water flossing can be a little messy at first, it gets better with practice. There are even some designs that are meant to be used in the shower, which consequently cut down on spray (and having to clean your bathroom mirror more often.) 

Here’s what you should do:

Step 1. Choose the Right Tip

Depending on the model that you buy, you’ll have your pick between simple tips or some with small brushes on the end. The smooth tips work best for gumlines and between teeth, while the brushes do well around brackets.

Step 2. Set the Right Temperature

Adjust your faucet so that you’re using lukewarm or slightly warm water. Nothing too hot or too cold.

Step 3. Adjust the Pressure

If it’s your first time to use a water flosser, keep the pressure down. Work your way up as it becomes more comfortable. 

Step 4. Trace Your Gums

Gently trace along the edges of your gums to flush plaque out from underneath them. Be sure to pay attention to the pointed gum tissues between your teeth.

Step 5. Clean Between

Pause between teeth and clean up and down where they touch, then turn the tip to spray against/around the margins of your brackets.

Chances are, you’ll love using a water flosser so much that you’ll never want to go back to traditional string floss. For more tips on cleaning around your braces, visit East Cobb Orthodontics.

Posted on Behalf of East Cobb Orthodontics

East Cobb Orthodontics – Marietta Orthodontist
2810 Lassiter Road
Marietta, GA 30062
Phone: (770) 993-7118

Keeping Your Braces Clean (While You’re at School)

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Is your student about to head back to school? In braces? Here are some important tips to help them minimize bad breath, food stuck between brackets, and keep their smile healthy while they’re away from home.

Pack an Oral Care Kit

With more kids in braces, it’s not as “weird” to brush your teeth at school anymore. Pack a small zip-up bag with a travel sized toothbrush, toothpaste, and proxy-brush. Make it a point to go to the restroom ASAP after lunch to clean away food debris around your braces. If you get desperate, you can brush with a dry toothbrush and proxy-brush at your locker. Just bring them home each day to rinse them clean.

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Incorporating Orthodontics into Your Perio Treatment

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Woman Pointing at Her New Braces Marietta GA

If you’re someone who has experienced symptoms of gum disease (aka periodontitis or periodontal disease) you may have other things on your mind than orthodontics. But truth be told, incorporating braces or clear aligners into your periodontal treatment plan could help you regain control over your oral health and reduce the severity of your infection. 

Here’s why:

Straighter Teeth are Easier to Clean

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Summertime Tips for Braces Wearers

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Teen ProcedureAt East Cobb Orthodontics, it’s common to see plenty of braces repairs during the summer, due to kids’ activities.

To prevent things like broken brackets, irritated lips, or orthodontic emergencies, here are some important tips to keep in mind.

Wear an Athletic Mouthguard

Involved in sports? Even independent activities during social distancing can lead to accidents. Wearing an athletic mouthguard can help prevent busted lips and lacerations inside of your mouth if you fall down.

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Will I Need to Wear Braces Longer Because of COVID-19?

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When you first got braces, one of the things that was stressed to you as a patient was how important it would be to keep your regular orthodontic visits. Skipping appointments, bumping back visits, or frequent rescheduling would — eventually — create a delay in your treatment.

So with COVID-19 closures affecting orthodontic offices across the United States, how does that impact people like you, who are currently wearing braces?

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What to do During an Orthodontic Emergency

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If you’re dealing with an orthodontic problem during COVID-19 dental office closures, take a deep breath. Even though we’re practicing “social distancing” during the coronavirus pandemic, our Marietta orthodontist is still here to provide urgent care services and emergency appointments.

That being said, most orthodontic emergencies are issues that you can address at home without having to rush off to see the orthodontist. Depending on what the problem is, we can talk you through what to do or schedule you for an appointment once social distancing restrictions are lifted. But if it’s a true emergency that requires immediate attention, we can meet you at our office the same day! (more…)

How to Pay for Invisalign

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Paying for Orthodontics Marietta GAInvisalign is an excellent alternative to traditional braces in Marietta, Georgia. Luckily, a nearly invisible, metal-free orthodontic treatment doesn’t mean more cost for you. Invisalign is generally the same price as traditional braces and with the following different ways to pay for this treatment, everyone can enjoy the smile they’ve always wanted.

Dental Insurance

If you have dental insurance, then your plan may have orthodontic coverage. Depending on the specifics, you can expect it to cover anywhere from $1,000 to $2,000 of your Invisalign treatment, on average. (more…)

Brushing Your Teeth with Braces

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Once you get braces from our Marietta, Georgia orthodontist, caring for your teeth is more important than ever. Here are some tips on how you should be brushing your smile with braces.

Best Type of Toothbrush to Use with Braces

If using a manual toothbrush, make sure that it’s a soft bristled brush. Anything harder can be damaging to your braces and your gum tissue. The best type of toothbrush to use with braces is an electric one because they are so much more effective. (more…)

Can Braces Move Dental Implants?

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Dental Patient Marietta GAA dental implant is a great, permanent way to replace a missing tooth. To perform this procedure, a titanium post (the implant) is set into your jaw bone where it recreates the root of a tooth. An artificial tooth on top of the implant (known as a crown) is attached. Once complete, you have a replacement tooth that is as good as a natural one.

Braces and Implants

Some people are born with a missing tooth, and others need to have a permanent tooth removed for various reasons.

When considering braces and implants, it’s best to plan ahead, because, since implants are surgically placed in the jaw bone, they can’t be moved.
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How To Clean a Lingual Wire

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Once you’ve completed your orthodontic treatment in Marietta, Georgia,  we will place a lingual wire across the back of your teeth to help ensure that they continue to stay in place and a relapse doesn’t occur.

Cleaning Your Lingual Wire

Cleaning your lingual wire is very important to ensure that your teeth stay healthy. To clean your “bonded retainer,” observe the following steps:

  • Thread a string of floss through a floss threader.
  • Push the tip of the threader through at the gum line of the first tooth that has your lingual wire attached.
  • From the backside of your tooth, pull the threader until the floss has come through.
  • Remove that threader and maneuver the flossing string around to clean the area.
  • Slide the string out completely and repeat the above steps with every tooth that’s is attached to your lingual wire.

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