Flossing with orthodontics appliances requires extra tools and time. A floss threader is shaped like a sewing needle with a pointed end to feed between the teeth and a loop end to hold the floss. First start by feeding the floss through the loop end. The floss with be two strands hanging from the loop. With the needle end, feed the floss threader between the teeth pulling the floss through to the other side of the tooth. After the floss is between the teeth, wrap the floss around the tooth crown in a "C" shape and slide up and down the tooth surface. Gently move the floss to the adjacent tooth and again make a "C" shape and slide up and down this tooth surface. Pull the floss out when finished and reuse your floss threader to pull floss in between the next two teeth. You can purchase waterpiks and electric flossers that can also aid in getting in between the teeth. We usually keep these items in stock at the office.
In your initial start up kit, you received a tube of fluoride gel. Fluoride soaks into the teeth and strengthens them to prevent decalcification and cavities. Please brush on the fluoride gel every night before bed. It is important do not eat or drink after it is placed.
We recommend using a fluoridated toothpaste, like Crest, for brushing. We also may recommend a cavity varnish that gives the teeth an extra fluoride boost in cases where brushing is not adequate. If you have a cavity varnish placed, you should not eat or drink for 30 minutes. It is also recommended that you not brush your teeth for 6 hours to allow the fluoride to penetrate into the tooth enamel.