In order to keep your teeth in mint-condition under your braces, it is imperative to brush and floss. Brushing is extremely important, but even after we brush food remains lodged between our teeth. This causes a buildup of plaque which can only be removed with dental floss.
What Happens If I Do Not Floss?
With or without braces the consequences of not flossing add up quickly. For starters, after food remains on your teeth for a certain period of time it hardens and turns into tartar, which must be removed by a dentist. Tarter will build up at a much faster rate under braces, where particles can hide for extensive periods of time unseen and unbothered. Worst of all, gingivitis is an early form of gum disease directly linked to tartar buildup.
Flossing also influences how white your teeth look post-braces. A common misconception is that braces cause the spots some people develop on their teeth while wearing them, but really these spots are the result of trapped food particles that left behind stains. By taking the time to properly brush and floss each and every tooth you will prevent any flaws from forming on your teeth.
Clean Teeth, Healthy Smile
There are many reasons people with braces decide to skip flossing, some are afraid because they have snapped a wire before, and others tire out and do not want to take the time. If you are wearing braces you clearly care about the appearance of your teeth, do not let a simple piece of floss get in the way of that.
If you have any questions about flossing or your orthodontic treatment, contact us today at 203-292-6644.