In this article, we discuss about the Waterpik and the orthodontic wax their use, benefits, and how to apply on a permanent retainer so let’s discuss about the Waterpik first.
What Is A Waterpik®?
Waterpik® is actually a brand of water flosser. If you really want to get technical, a Water flosser, also called a power-driven internal cleaner, is a handheld device that contains water-filled reservoirs.
Waterpik® also has a motor and a pump that generates a stream of pressurized water to throw water through your nostrils and into your mouth. Water flows under your teeth and gums and is powerful enough to get clear of food particles, plaque, and bacteria. Water flosser also stimulates the health of your gums. Once you use it, the process is comfortable and easy.
Benefits Of Using Waterpik® For Braces
Some of the reasons we recommend the use of Waterpik® for braces.
- Waterpik® is excellent for helping to destroy food particles that get stuck under wires or in tight spaces in the mouth.
- The pulse of water, which massages the gum tissue, increases circulation.
- Waterpik® is effective for cleaning the bottom of the gum line.
Using a Waterpik® for braces gives you extra insurance to remove the plaque as much as possible. Because it can be more difficult to clean around the brackets and floss under the wires. Anything you can do to wash the plaque is a bonus, especially since you want your new smile to stay healthy at every level.
How To Use A Waterpik® For Braces?
There are various indications of Waterpik®. However, studies show that a special orthodontic tip is most useful for patients with braces. Here’s how to use a Waterpik® with step-by-step braces:
- Adjust the pressure. One of the best tips from Waterpik® is to start at low pressure until you get used to the thrill. Once you are under pressure, lean-to where you want to be, so your mouth is above the sink and put the tips of the water flosser in your mouth.
- Turn on your Waterpik® unit. To prevent the water from rushing, close your lips and let it flow into your mouth.
- Start with your back teeth. Point to your gum line. Brush lightly between your teeth, around your bracket, and under your wire before you go to the next tooth.
Use your Waterpik® once a day. You may also want to wear a brace once a day using a product such as an orthodontic folder. Brush after meals and in the morning using fluoride toothpaste and an electric toothbrush
Dental or orthodontic wax is specially formulated to relieve the discomfort caused by orthodontic treatment. This creates a barrier that prevents further irritation and gives the mouth time to heal. It’s easy to apply and remove, and it’s cheap to buy. Above all, it is one of the best treatment options for children and adults who are adjusting their braces.
All forms of orthodontic wax include natural, non-toxic wax. Some may contain carnauba or beeswax percentage or may have more flavor. It contains mostly paraffin and is tasteless. They are designed to be fixed at room temperature and flexible at body temperature. Orthodontic wax is completely safe if swallowed in small amounts.
How To Apply Orthodontic Wax?
To protect your healthy teeth and gums, follow these steps to apply toothpaste on your braces:
- Start by washing your hands and brushing your teeth where you will apply the orthodontic wax.
- Break up a small pea-sized piece of wax and roll it between your fingers until it is flexible.
- When the orthodontic wax is a softball, compress it lightly and press on the burn site.
- Remove it using your fingers or brushing your teeth.
Orthodontic Permanent retainer
If you are wondering if you can fix a bonded or permanent retainer, contact your or any Orthodontists today for more information on permanent retainers.
Once the orthodontic treatment is complete, and the space is closed, we can use restraint to keep the space closed. Care should be taken when installing the wire to ensure that the patient does not allow cuts on the wire. A fixed or permanent retainer, whether on the upper teeth or the lower teeth, is an easy way out.
Several factors can affect the long-term sustainability of orthodontic treatment. Because the structures that support teeth are fixed, the risk of re-infection is low but will remain to a certain extent and will always be present.
Teeth tend to return to the inactive position, but other factors may play a role. Delayed growth, known as jaw growth, can occur in the lower jaw in women upto 21 years of age and men upto 25 years of age.
Can WaterPik® damage gums?
They do not put as much pressure on the gums as string floss. The use of water flossers is medically proven: remove plaque up to 99.9% from the treated areas along the gum line and between the teeth. Help prevent, reduce or reverse gingivitis (gum disease).
Do you WaterPik before or after brushing?
We recommend using a water flosser before brushing your teeth: removing food and debris increases the effectiveness of both toothbrushes and toothpaste. Patients are better instructed to use it first. Water floss remover food and debris can help draw your patient to the water floss daily.
Does Waterpik® remove plaque?
Waterpik® is very effective, and in fact even more effective than string floss, in reducing gangrene, reducing gangrene bleeding, and removing plaque. It can also be used to clean periodontal pockets more deeply than floss.
Is it normal to bleed after Waterpik®?
When you first start using a Waterpik®, you may notice that your gums are bleeding due to inflammation. The best way to handle this is to use a low setting on the power of the water jet initially, and gradually build up the maximum.
What is orthodontic wax used for?
Brace wax or orthodontic wax is specially designed to relieve pain caused by friction of brace devices. It is used to create a barrier between the bracket wires and the mouth. This way, the brace breaks from your mouth prevent further injury.
Can I eat with orthodontic wax?
Eating with wax can be a little difficult as it can stick to your food. You can remove it before eating, but if you decide to skip it, be sure to replace any dirty wax after eating. If your old food is sticking to your teeth, it will not be good for your smile.
Is there anything better than wax for braces?
ComfortBrace is a highly effective, patient-friendly alternative to relief wax. So far, toothpaste has been the only product to remove mouth sores after penetrating the skin. ComfortBrace prevents, as well as AIDS, painful cancerous lesions, and bleeding caused by orthodontic braces.