Can you use a Waterpik to clean braces?
Water Flossing An easy and effective way to clean and floss braces and improve gum health is to use a Waterpik® Water Flosser with the Orthodontic Tip. It is clinically proven more effective than dental floss for people with braces.
Does Waterpik replace flossing braces?
Though Waterpik flossers don’t replace the regular flossing while wearing braces, you should need it to improve oral health with braces. So, Waterpik can help remove plaque and food debris from hard to reach areas.
How long does it take to remove plaque with Waterpik?
Focus on the top of your teeth, the gum line, and the spaces between each tooth. Remember to get the back of your teeth, too. The process should take about 2 minutes. Empty any extra water from the reservoir when you’re done so bacteria doesn’t grow inside.
Do you still have to floss if you use a Waterpik?
Yes. Keep in mind that water flossers are only an adjunct to brushing and flossing. If you only use water flossers and don’t floss you can still get cavities in between your teeth. You need to break the contact between your teeth with floss.
Should I use Waterpik before or after brushing?
We recommend using the Water Flosser prior to toothbrushing: Removing food and debris enhances the effectiveness of both toothbrushing and toothpaste. Instructing patients to use it first improves compliance. Seeing the food and debris that the Water Flosser removes can help motivate your patient to Water Floss daily.
Can you share a Waterpik?
Yes, Waterpik® Water Flossers have removable tips so that multiple family members can use the same device. A ring at the base of the tip is color-coded for easy identification.
Is it OK to use electric toothbrush with braces?
Sonic and Oscillating Toothbrushes Are Safe for Braces They’re ideal for braces because they easily clean out food and bacteria trapped around brackets and elastics, and under wires. Even better, clinical research shows that sonic toothbrushes can remove more plaque than manual toothbrushing.