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OHI: Flossing with Traditional Braces

When someone decides to wear braces, it may seem hard at the beginning to keep them and the teeth that surround them clean. Before anyone knows it, he can start to flash the smile he always dreamed about, as far as he is capable to keep some important steps in mind.

OHI: Flossing with Traditional Braces

Oral hygiene instructions are vital in keeping teeth clean, especially when wearing braces. When someone wears braces, it may seem hard at the beginning to keep them and the teeth that surround them clean. The metal wires on traditional braces can be difficult to keep clean and may cause problems underneath the wires and brackets in the future because of of this.

After having the teeth straightened, it will be easier in reaching the plaque found in the teeth, however, while wearing the braces, the food particles and plaque may have extra areas where they may be trapped or will accumulate. With the braces, the person should expect to spend even more time cleaning the teeth and paying extra attention to the oral hygiene of a person. This is because during the alignment of the teeth, the risk of gum disease also increases. It is also important to ensure that the teeth look better during the time of removing the braces, rather than white spots of calcification or cavities can appear.

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ARE YOU READY TO STRAIGHTEN YOUR TEETH?

Use of an ordinary floss

Use the waxed floss when possible due to its ease of gliding in between teeth. When someone is flossing while having the braces, then it is more important to know that there are enough of corners and metal pieces which may catch on the floss. This is why it is important to use a wax coated and thin floss if it is possible. When the floss in unwaxed, it may stick in the braces or break often.

  • How much floss to use may vary according to the hands and mouth size. Many of the dental resources do recommend using at least 12-18 inches.

Put the floss behind a brace wire: catch the floss using one hand and leave some inches.  It is important to thread carefully to ensure that the wire from the places will not be stacked. If the floss reaches around the wire, then the person has to pull it through to ensure that there is enough slack at each side where a person can grab at it. The mirror may be of enough help.

  • The user should be gentle to ensure that he does not pull at the brace wire using the floss. What it is important is to get floss behind it but not to scrub wire on itself.

Push floss within the teeth:  you can grab one end of the floss at each hand and wrap ends around index fingers with a tight grip. The user should adjust the floss to ensure that it does not run up at the bottom of every index finger’s fingertip. He should then move index finger within the mouth and to pull out the floss to ensure that it goes in the space found between teeth.

  • When someone had flossed before, then the movement will look natural. The floss has to move in the crease found within the teeth and then it should be pushed down within the mouth. With some people, this can be a tight fit and it is normal.

Sliding the floss down or up:  when the floss is found between the teeth, the person should use the fingers in order to slide up or down on the gums up to the point that it may be difficult in keeping it moving. The user should pull gently to ensure that the floss does rub against the two teeth. It is important to scrub enough on the inner space.  This should be done at least 5 times.

  • Scrubbing motion seems like it is doing nothing, however it is. Flossing is not about removing the food that got stuck but it is also more about removing the plaque. Plaque is invisible film caused by bacteria and it may cause discoloration, pain and decay when it is not dealt in the right way.

Get the floss out: catch an end of the floss and then pull it out gently. Make sure that it does not catch at the braces. This is what flossing in the teeth while wearing the braces is all about.

The process should be done on each tooth and flossing carefully between these teeth up to the furthest back molars. After scrubbing each set of the teeth at the top and at the bottom, then the person had already finished.

  • It takes time: flossing in the proper manner for someone who has braces, it may take up to 3 times longer compared to someone who does not have them. This is because such devices may get into the way of cleaning using only the brush
  • Sometime a person can experience the gum bleeding and it is something normal because sometime braces cause inflammation.

COMPLIMENTARY TEETH WHITENING

ARE YOU READY TO STRAIGHTEN YOUR TEETH?

Using of a floss threader

If you are not happy of having to floss using the bare hands, then you can try out a tool named a floss threader. This is a tool that makes it easy to get the floss behind the braces. The threader looks as if it is a tiny plastic needle which is used in flossing.

Putting the floss in a threader; this is done as it happens with a sewing needle and a thread. The plastic needle should then be inserted within the arch wire of the braces and to pull the floss into the teeth.

Floss as you would do in normal circumstances:  when the floss has been put into the position, then you should catch floss in the hands and start to floss within the teeth. Pull the floss out and then repeat everything using the threader. A threader is something useful and it easy to get the floss in the correct position without having the scrap using the fingers.

  • Use caution while applying the pressure within the teeth and use gentle movement while using back or forth movement.

Buy a water flosser or waterpik

Most orthodontists and dentists recommend the use of another tool known as water flosser also called oral irrigator which may help with flossing. The Waterpik tool uses a stream of water which can help to force food particles found between the teeth but it should not replace normal flossing completely.

Katrina Ostrowicki
Katrina Ostrowicki
20:53 15 Nov 19
Very friendly, highly recommend! Very cool office and also the patients needs come first! I’m usually very nervous going to the dentist but they make it a good experience getting dental work done.
Susan Paul
Susan Paul
19:17 11 Nov 19
The best dental visit I ever had. I am one of those people who fear going to dentist and because of that I have ignored my teeth for a while (literally). But thank God, I found the best team of Dr. Bridget and the hygienist Angela. They both are so professional and excellent in their work. All the staff in the reception are also superbly competent and very friendly especially Juliet. The place is clean and hygienic in every way. I highly recommend this clinic to anyone for their dental care.S Paul
Zavier Lachica
Zavier Lachica
22:36 24 Oct 19
Most painless dental experience I’ve ever been too!!! Their bedside manner is 5 stars hands down!!! The staff, reception, hygienist and The Dentist were the best. I would recommend them to anyone and everyone!!!
T L
T L
18:00 18 Oct 19
I don’t write reviews but Kim definitely deserves one. With bad experiences at other places I didn’t go to the dentist for years but Kim reassured me I was in good hands. She was amazing and attentive from beginning to end. Without a doubt the most comfortable I’ve ever been at the dentist. I never thought I’d say this but I can’t wait until the next time I get my teeth cleaned!
MOHSSINE RHAZI
MOHSSINE RHAZI
22:18 07 Oct 19
I would like to extend my deepest thanks and pride for an excellent service I received today from the best staff Dr. Brigitte, Angela, Melissa, and Maria. I would recommend this office and its excellent staff to anyone Looking for an excellent dentist.God bless
Kunzal Ahmed
Kunzal Ahmed
15:28 17 Sep 19
They took care of me like I was their child 😭 Follow and everything! They’re so easy to talk to and theirs no judgment from them whatsoever! I can finally say I have found my dentist ❤️
Angelina Lewis
Angelina Lewis
12:58 17 Sep 19
I am so happy I found URBN Dental. In 27 years I had never been shown the correct way to floss. Crazy, I know! They have an outstanding attention to detail and making sure patients are provided with proper and accurate dental hygiene knowledge. Honestly the best cleaning I’ve ever had!!
Daniela Garza
Daniela Garza
19:33 09 Jul 19
Loved the service and the in-depth personalized advice they give you! The staff is great and very knowledgeable. The location and atmosphere is modern and state of the art! Loved it 👍
Elva Koehn
Elva Koehn
22:11 17 Jun 19
I went in after having procrastinated for years because of my dental phobia. From the moment I walked in to their office, I felt at ease. The dental assistant, hygienist and Dr. Bridget made me feel so at ease and explained everything they were doing, every step of the way. I’ve never had such a great dental experience, as I did today. Highly recommend.
Nijah Watson
Nijah Watson
21:52 31 May 19
Best dentist office visit ever! Not only are the staff charismatic, they are very knowledgeable too. They took the time to go over my X-rays with me and made sure I understood what everything was, down to the payment options. They did not rush my exam at all. There was no wait time from the moment I walked in the door to the moment my exam was completed. The office itself lives up to its name with the urban decor. It is also very clean. I would recommend anyone to come here if you're looking for competent, patient, and kind dentist and staff!
Eduardo Mora
Eduardo Mora
19:53 22 May 19
I went in today and they really made me feel comfortable. The staff was extremely friendly and you can tell they make customer service a priority. They made sure the music playing was to my liking and made sure I was comfortable in my chair. The dentist was very knowledgeable and explained the whole process to me in a way that I can understand. I don't like going to the dentist, I don't know anyone that does, but I am glad I went to URBN Dental and wold recommend it to anyone looking for a dentist.
Hilary Rochelle
Hilary Rochelle
20:52 08 May 19
I’m so impressed with Urban Dental. Went having sever pain. New patient! The staff and dentist were amazing . So warm and caring. I will continue coming here for all dental needs. Completely satisfied in every way .
Ryan Zhen
Ryan Zhen
22:28 07 May 19
Just a few days after a visit with Dr. Bridget and I already feel the positive effects on my dental hygiene. She gave helpful and practical tips to brushing and flossing to make my routine more enjoyable. Everyone at URBN Dental Uptown was attentive and courteous to my needs from handling the insurance/financials to ensuring a pain/mess-free cleaning and filling. Looking forward to returning with improved dental health!
Lemond Deleo
Lemond Deleo
20:08 29 Apr 19
The staff here is extremely friendly and professional. From the very beginning, the staff greeted me with kindness and respect. My paperwork was filled out within 15 minutes and afterwards, the dentist called me back almost immediately.So the wait time for my first appointment was basically non-existent. I’m not sure if it’s normally like this or if it’s just a coincidence. Regardless, it was very nice to see the staff and dentists in perfect sync with servicing the customers as quickly and efficiently as possible.My first appointment here was primarily because I had a painful sensation on the bottom right of my tooth. It turned out to be a cavity as I expected. The dentist explained the procedure for a filling and I agreed to go through with it on my next appointment. Thank you for an honest experience that resulted in me learning what the problem with my tooth was.
Jennifer Bell
Jennifer Bell
19:59 29 Apr 19
Very satisfied with my recent experience at this dentist. As a first time customer, I walked in with low expectations, since I find this mentality to be effective for softening the blow if it turns out to be a disappointing service.Well, it turned out to be above average service from the staff at the front desk and the dentists themselves. They are all very professional and the dentists working here are patient when it comes to answering questions. I felt fully fulfilled after leaving the dental office. I’ll definireky be back.
Julia Bleck
Julia Bleck
14:21 05 Apr 19
I've never been to a more thorough and comprehensive dental appointment as the one at URBN Dental! They went over all of the photos and x-rays with me in detail to help explain all of the issues I had, and it's the first time I fully feel like I understand why I need to floss more consistently. They taught me how to properly floss and brush, and I even got a new electric toothbrush with my appointment. Would definitely recommend.
Rachel Richardson
Rachel Richardson
17:30 26 Mar 19
I was immediately greeted by friendly faces when i came in! Online scheduling and patient paperwork made it so easy to get an appointment with no waiting to go back to the room. Every person of staff from front desk, hygienist to dentist introduced themselves to me and took the time to explain everything they were doing. I’ve never had a dentist actually sit down and explain the biology behind flossing, bone health, nerve health etc. it was great to feel like I was being taken care of by true professionals. They were also very explanatory of exactly what my insurance covered and the cost breakout of all of my services. I would recommend this office to any of my friends and family.
Margarita Muro
Margarita Muro
01:28 21 Feb 19
The URBN Dental office is very beautiful! It is modern with natural wood and emerald green elements. I went in for my regular cleaning and exam after looking up 5+ dental offices in the area. I recently moved to uptown and am extremely happy to have found URBN Dental. The Hygienist, Angela, did not only give my advice in regards to my dental hygiene techniques, she educated me which made me more eager to go home and carry out my new routine. Dr. Bridget was very kind, answered all my questions, and gave me a great referral for my wisdom teeth extractions. I will be returning for all of my preventative and general dental needs!
Trisha Hinojosa
Trisha Hinojosa
18:30 07 Oct 18
Very friendly staff who put up with my inane sense of humor. The entire team team spoke with me 1:1, including:Dental assistants, hygienist, dentist, and insurance admin (explained everything to me in detail including how my insurance works).They explained my x-rays to me, the effects of flossing correctly / incorrectly. I feel like they gave me the education I didn't get as a child on how to care for my mouth, and why it's important. I was doing good stuff for my oral health-- just not correctly or with a positive attitude.GREAT aftercare package.
Ji H Oh
Ji H Oh
15:19 22 Sep 18
I am usually scared of going to the dentist for my annual cleaning but I was completely blown away by the amazing customer service from the staff. Julia was extremely helpful and explained my dental coverage and out of pocket costs. Angela did an exceptional job explaining to me about the importance of dental hygiene and actually taught me how to floss properly. The office was extremely clean and upscale. Dr. Bridget was very sweet and great bedside manners. She explained everything about the treatment plan in a very thorough and concise manner. I was extremely impressed by everyone on the office and I cant wait to come back for my next appointment.
Joshua Parra
Joshua Parra
02:17 14 Sep 18
From start to finish great experience. Impeccably clean office, high tech tools, & friendly staff. Went to get my top teeth contoured/shaped. They did a Hollywood star job! I now, have a flawless smile. I even went back the next day for a touch-up on one tooth & they took care of it, graciously. If you want quality cosmetic dentistry inside the loop; look no further. These folks are the best in class.
Death Morgulis
Death Morgulis
16:23 12 Sep 18
Great place for all your dental needs. Very inviting and friendly staff. They are very knowledgeable and passionate about the work they do. I've been looking for a good dentist for awhile while neglecting my oral health, but now I think I've found my place. 10/10 would come back for a follow-up appointment.
Bianca Anderson
Bianca Anderson
17:05 05 Sep 18
Very friendly staff. The hygienist's were so knowledgeable and really took the time to teach you about your teeth, they gave my husband and I "homework" to improve our oral health. Love it! Angela was great, great sense of humor (made me laugh a lot) and very professional. Awesome job Nicole, very friendly and took the time to answer all the questions we had (love she was recommending eateries for hubby to take me :). Julia was great at the front counter very lively and knowledgeable as well. They all really took the time and customized everything for us. Able to get free electric toothbrushes but didn't have any in stock.
Michelle Campbell
Michelle Campbell
19:53 20 Jun 18
Excellent service. Great first impression! Best cleaning I've had in several years, my mouth feels amazing. They even took the time to show me how to brush more effectively. My teeth are back to being pearly white. They were very knowledgeable in regards to my insurance and I've had no issues. The service there is impeccable!
Allie Hackett
Allie Hackett
18:47 19 Jun 18
I am not the biggest fan of the dentist, however this was the BEST dentist experience I have ever had! Everyone was so kind and I got everything I needed done in one visit! They provided super helpful insight about what was going on with my teeth and took care of everything I needed quickly. I will absolutely be returning! 🙂
Andrea Andrea
Andrea Andrea
17:15 20 May 18
Love the location, the dentist AND the staff. Everyone there is awesome. It's rare that I leave a dentist office feeling just as good as when I arrive. I was sad I didn't get to see Snickers, but all in all I had a great experience my first time here. Glad to finally have a new "home" dentist since moving to Texas.
Andrew Nguyen
Andrew Nguyen
14:17 10 May 18
Beautiful location and office. Very friendly and welcoming staff! I had a great time conversing with them about movies and music. Dr. Nguyen and his staff were very knowledgeable and stressed the importance of making sure the patient knew what their game plan was. The office is very high tech as well so it was super cool to know that I was getting the latest tech being use on me.
Nonna Beetge
Nonna Beetge
14:21 24 Apr 18
The staff is wonderful, very friendly and informative. I love how they not only take X-rays, but also photos of all your teeth and put them on the big screen. They spent as much time as I needed to go over each area and explain specifics of each tooth. I definitely have a greater understanding of what is going on in there and what I need to do. I also love their space, it has a calming vibe with all kinds of artwork on display. You almost feel like you’re not at the dentist! Thank you all so much, I look forward to seeing you all again! (Said no one to their dentist 😉 )
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I can honestly say I had the best experience at URBN Dental. I am new in town and had a emergency. The staff was able to get me in asap and took very good care of me. Everyone worked as a team to ensure that all my needs were meet. I felt important! I was treated as if I was the only patient in the office. I found my Dental home!

The staff here is extremely friendly and professional. From the very beginning, the staff greeted me with kindness and respect. My paperwork was filled out within 15 minutes and afterwards, the dentist called me back almost immediately.

Very knowledgeable and informative, explaining all your x-ray and imagery and in creating a course of treatment. The staff is friendly and definitely concerned with their patients. Comfortable environment.

I am not the biggest fan of the dentist, however this was the BEST dentist experience I have ever had! Everyone was so kind and I got everything I needed done in one visit!

Excellent service. Great first impression! Best cleaning I’ve had in several years, my mouth feels amazing. They even took the time to show me how to brush more effectively. My teeth are back to being pearly white.

They were very prompt and professional. I felt very comfortable in the visit. They have good exam specials without any hidden fees. I have found me a permanent dentist office. Thanks URBN staff.

URBN Dental provided great service and they were all so nice. They did a great job communicating with me and i would recommend to all.

I had a root canal and a crown done here, the entire process took about an hour. Will be back in 2 weeks for my final crown! Great doctor, great staff.


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