Are Water Picks Good For Braces?

With or without dental insurance, routine dental care and maintenance can be costly. With regular brushing and flossing you can help reduce the costs of dental and orthodontic treatment.

For those that wear braces, we understand that it can be a difficult process to properly maintain your braces. Weaving through those wires and brackets with dental floss can be tedious but well worth it if you want to develop a beautiful and healthy smile.

Some people that wear braces use a water flosser, commonly referred to by the brand name Waterpik, to flush out food and bacteria stuck between their teeth. The water is able to reach behind the metal wires and hit the spots where dental floss would not be able to reach. People suffering from gum diseases such as gingivitis and periodontitis view water flossers as an effective form of oral hygiene because of the ability to flush out bacteria from deep inside the pockets.

People who wear braces turn to water picks because they are gentle on the gums. When on a low setting, they are less likely to cause bleeding for people with sensitive teeth or gums.

But with all these benefits that water picks have…

Should water picks be used instead of flossing?

A water pick is a great tool for improving oral health while you are in treatment from your orthodontist. Studies have shown that water flossers Do Not perform well enough on their own to keep your mouth and gums clean and bacteria free. Water picks are not capable of removing plaque from your teeth as effectively as regular dental floss can. Though water flossers may rinse the sticky bacteria, flossing with dental floss is proven more effective because the floss scrapes the bacteria off of your teeth.

Check out this video to see what may happen if you do not floss and brush your teeth effectively. We believe that you will see the importance of taking care of your teeth during your orthodontic treatment.

Do you have questions or would like to schedule a visit to learn more about flossing teeth. Give us call at 1-919-834-4450 or fill out or contact form below.

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