TIPS FOR FLOSSING WITH BRACES

Flossing with braces can be a real challenge. We want you to keep your teeth healthy and clean during braces treatment, so Dr. R. Cree Hamilton would like to give you some tips for flossing with braces. Use Waxed Floss If floss is unwaxed, it is more likely to catch…

Flossing with braces can be a real challenge. We want you to keep your teeth healthy and clean during braces treatment, so Dr. R. Cree Hamilton would like to give you some tips for flossing with braces.

Use Waxed Floss
If floss is unwaxed, it is more likely to catch on the brackets and wires of braces, leaving shreds of floss behind. Consider using waxed floss when wearing braces, as this floss can glide between each tooth with less chance of catching. Be sure to gently slide the floss into the gumline on each side of every tooth.

Use Flossing Tools
Maneuvering floss between the wire and the gumline of each tooth can be very difficult. Try using an orthodontic floss threader to simplify the process. This tool allows you to pull the floss through the teeth between the wire and the gumline. Floss threaders are inexpensive, disposable and easy to use. They are available in most stores that sell toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss.

Help Your Young Children
If you have a young child who is undergoing braces treatment, chances are he or she does not have the dexterity required to floss properly. Likely, you will need to assist your child when he or she flosses. Have him or her sit in a well-lit area while you floss his or her teeth.

Feel free to contact Hamilton & Manuele Orthodontics at 702-243-3300 today for more information about flossing with braces in Las Vegas, Nevada, and to schedule an appointment with our orthodontist.

A RETAINER WILL BE NEEDED AFTER YOUR CHILD’S BRACES HAVE BEEN REMOVED

We installed your child’s braces into their mouth to create a functional system capable of correcting their misaligned teeth. The process relied on consistent adjustments which tensioned the components and gradually altered the orientation of their teeth. Once their teeth achieve their ideal alignment our orthodontist can uninstall your son…

We installed your child’s braces into their mouth to create a functional system capable of correcting their misaligned teeth. The process relied on consistent adjustments which tensioned the components and gradually altered the orientation of their teeth.

Once their teeth achieve their ideal alignment our orthodontist can uninstall your son or daughter’s braces. However, this is not the final step in the process.

Even after the braces have been removed there will still be some residual tension in their periodontal ligaments. If it’s not addressed by the regular use of a retainer, it could cause their teeth to gradually relapse out of their ideal alignment.

A Hawley retainer is the most common option for preventing relapse to prevent relapse after uninstalling braces. It is essentially a custom shaped piece of orthodontic acrylic that fits into the upper portion of their mouth to help hold their teeth in place.

If your child had a pronounced malocclusion or a specific area needed significant realignment our orthodontist might recommend installing a fixed retainer. It is essentially a rigid metal band that Dr. Hamiltonor Dr. Manuele cements in place to firmly hold the teeth in their corrected position while the residual tension dissipates.

If you are in the Las Vegas, Nevada, area and you have a problem with your child’s retainer, you can call 702-243-3300 to schedule an appointment at Hamilton & Manuele Orthodontics.