Waterpik. I am a licensed crazy ass. You want this more than a toothbrush if you experience periods of unhygienic depression.
I swear that thing will change your life.
I use my Waterpik every night before I go to sleep and it is perfectly fine. Although I get my teeth cleaned twice per year, I’m not sure what they use at the dentists office. There are many brands that make water flossers, Waterpik is just one of them. Here’s a link to the machine I’m referring to:
To answer one of your questions, they are easy to use, but I also use flossers to floss. My ortho gave me my waterpik when I started treatment and I love it, I use to blast food out of my brackets. Mine is similar to this one: [link]
You should not use whitening solutions during treatment, you'll end up with your teeth being a different color than under the brackets.
Don't know about the HSA reimbursement but I advise if you get the tabletop version, get the one with on/off switch, instant regret to the face when I turned it on. Been using it for a few days and really wish I had gotten one earlier, but don't forget manual flossing is still recommended. Avoid the Target/Walmart version and get the one on Amazon, it sometimes goes on sale for $40-50. My SO has the portable version and works rather well for her but it has a little bit less pressure.
This was a game changer for me too! I just replaced my travel water pik for the upgraded water reservoir size and I loveeeee it. It is solely responsible for saving my teeth.
So mine is kinda expensive and its very much an investment as I am gonna have my braces for 2 years. So the flosser is $80 here is the link and it has the tip you are looking for.
Waterpik Aquarius Water Flosser Professional For Teeth, Gums, Braces, Dental Care, Electric Power With 10 Settings, 7 Tips For Multiple Users And Needs, ADA Accepted, White WP-660 [link]
This model is $60 and they have travel ones too.
I have this one
Waterpik Aquarius Water Flosser Professional For Teeth
Amazon usually drops the price to around $40 during holiday shopping time. It works really well for me. It does take up more bathroom counter space than I would like though.
Get a water pik.
Way easier than flossing and it feels good after brushing. Easy as hell to use and blasts all kinds of crap from in-between your teeth so I don't have to spend nearly as much time taking care of my teeth every day.
This one is my favorite! You can use it in the shower and I prefer to, because it can get messy. I leave it in the shower unless it needs a charge and if you use it on low it only needs to charge every 5 days or so! You can also add listerine to the water for extra antibacterial action.
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I upgraded from an entry level electric toothbrush to this fancy thing and I love it.
Old electric toothbrush rattled against my teeth with its harsh vibration; this one lightly tickles.
The Wirecutter's top pick is the WaterPik Aquarius. Amazon sells it for $70.
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I picked up a rechargeable waterpik a couple weeks ago at the recommendation of my hygienist. So far I'm liking it. It doesn't take up a whole lot of counter space like the one I had years ago, and my gums are looking much better. The tank on it is small, which I'm taking as a positive because I can use it as a timer. 45 seconds per tank full, i do the top row of teeth until it runs dry, refill and do the bottom row.
This is the one I bought. Waterpik WP-660 Water Flosser Electric Dental Countertop Professional Oral Irrigator For Teeth, Aquarius,White [link]
I don’t have the cordless one and I also share a bathroom with people so I just bring it when I’m doing my nightly routine then bring it back to my room. I have this one and I like there’s different adjustable pressure ranges and tips I can choose from.
Nope, definitely not too late. haha. you can use it on the lowest setting and use warm water so the temp doesn't hurt sensitive teeth.
you can purchase on Amazon or at Walmart/Target/etc.
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Here it is on Amazon. Got mine this Prime Day and I love it. Never was a big flosser to begin with as I found it hard to shove my hands in my mouth so this is awesome. It's neat seeing particles and what not fall into the sink as it runs!
I have braces and I will have them for 3 years, while they hurt when they get tightened or put on, after about 10 days your teeth will feel fine. I will however suggest getting a watter flosser. It helped clean my teeth tenfold and it feels amazing. if you are interested, here is one:
I got this one because both me and my sis have braces and we need the extra tips. If you want a smaller one, here is one:
hope these help!
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Waterpik WP-660 Water Flosser Electric Dental
Countertop Professional Oral Irrigator For Teeth, Aquarius,White [link]
On sale today Prime Day at checkout $29.
Waterpik WP-660 Water Flosser Electric Dental Countertop Professional Oral Irrigator For Teeth, Aquarius,White [link]
You definitely want a water flosser. They’re really good if you don’t like flossing for any reason
Waterpik Brand Water Flosser Cordless Dental Oral Irrigator for Teeth with Portable Travel Bag and 3 Jet Tips, Cordless Freedom ADA Accepted, WF-03, Black [link]
I tried 5-6 different brands over last 5 years. My favorite is Jetpik on Amazon
Basically a water flosser is something that sprays a high-pressure jet of water at your teeth and the water works its way into your gums(like how you're supposed to do when you floss) and pulls anything that might be trapped out. Dentists for years were super resistant to them because they weren't very good but these days they actually recommend them as being just about as good as really flossing
This is the model i have -> [link]
I went a little overboard and got the best model I could. My dentist recommended me to use things with the ADA seal which oddly seem to be only waterpik brand flossers but...eh, they're at least scientifically verified!
Waterpik Water Flosser Electric Dental Countertop Oral Irrigator For Teeth – Aquarius Professional, WP-660 White [link]
It's a similar idea to a power washer. It uses water to clean between your teeth instead of floss.
Same brand! I have this one, which I think has the same capacity as the travel size of the one you put and I find it very comfortable, I think the one you linked is quite big lol
Here's a link from amazon, it's cheaper: [link]
I honestly love it.
I just got mine on mid-May prior to jaw surgery, and this definitely holds up. My orthodontist had a fancy contraption to hold my mouth open while they applied all the brackets that they didn't have the first two times I had braces. That definitely made the whole process much easier on my jaw.
I'd also add that during the first few weeks, those couple brackets you'll have on will chew up your gums a bit. Rinsing liberally with salt water (I make up a bottle that I keep handy) will help heal them faster. Put a bit of wax on the bracket right away. Once the spot is healed, stop using the wax so your gums can form a bit of a callous.
I would also just avoid the foods they tell you to avoid all together. You probably won't have the brackets on very long and it's just not worth it to lose a bracket over. I was informed at my last appointment that I'd lost one, and I'm on a liquid diet! It takes soooo long for them to put it back on that they just decided to wait until next time to put a new bracket on.
Watepiks are great for braces (the model I have comes with a tip for braces and has been on sale for under $50 frequently lately). Otherwise, you should use a threader to floss.
There are now way more options for brackets than there were years ago. There are traditional metal and ceramic braces that need rubber bands to ligate. But now there are also Damon brackets (which come in metal and clear versions) that self ligate. So no need for rubber bands or tightening (you still get wire changes), and your teeth move faster. The brackets themselves are also slightly smaller. They are so much better than the tradition brackets I had when I was younger. I've only had them for a few weeks and I can't believe how much teeth movement I've already had.
I love my dentist and dental hygienist. Even though they aren't in network and I end up paying more for the experience they were worth it. I too had a pretty long dental break, and it took me trying a couple of other offices until I found one I liked. I've had scaling done and get regular follow-up treatments from them.
I see Dr Dolfi, although I'm sure Dr Mann is also nice.
Something that is important, and that I've had a good experience with is to ask questions. All the dental hygienists were always happy to explain things/work with me so I understood everything, but ask. Ask them to watch you floss, ask them about angles to hold toothbrush, etc.. If you are at all unsure about proper care, ask and they will be happy to help you.
I also strongly recommend getting a water pik. It doesn't completely replace flossing, but it works great. Use the standard tip at a 6-7 level, spend about a 4 count between teeth, then travel along the tooth's gum line on the way to the next between. Do this along the outside and inside gums. I still floss a couple of times a week and water-pik the rest of the nights and it has done a world of good for my gums.
My mom once found some pieces of a Waterpik my grandma had given to me in my closet (I didn't use it), and yelled from my room, verbatim "What kind of drug paraphernalia is this?!" It took me ten minutes to convince her that they weren't for drugs. She was even there when my grandma gave it to me.
As far as teeth are concerned, things can ALWAYS get worse. Like you I went through a period where I didn't look after them (my U-turn I think is permanent now - I plan on no more fillings again). But good to hear about your change in tooth hygiene lately though. That's a promising start.
I would hunt round for a dentist who you really feel comfortable with. And immediately after I have food, to avoid the acid from the bacteria's poop demineralizing my teeth, I always floss with this water flosser. It's faster and easier than normal flossing, and I haven't looked back.
Something like this that uses a strong little jet of water that cleans your teeth like flossing
They are around $20-$60USD. This one is a pretty good one.
Honestly, IMO, I would be very hesitant to get my tonsils removed. Since cleaning my tonsils thoroughly over a week's time, I haven't had more than a couple of small tonsil stones in 1.5 years.
$50, and some effort cleaning seem much better than surgery.
I have been using a waterpik as a substitute for flossing and it does the same job that flossing does. It's also a whole lot more convenient for me personally because I have a permanent bottom retainer in my mouth that makes flossing a huge pain in the ass.
Here's the top result for one on Amazon.
What are you thoughts on water flossers? I use mine once a day and it's definitely been effective at massaging gums enough so they don't bleed anymore when I brush. Do you have any patients who use them?
While the hydorgen peroxide (or some types of oil sold in pharmacies for just this purpose) + bulb syringe of warm water to rinse works well enough, a waterpik at low setting works better in my own experience. My doctor recommended I try it years ago and I haven't gone back to the bulb since...
great pointers! thanks!
Thanks for the advice. I called my dentist and sent them a link to a Waterpik on Amazon. They said that it is an excellent flossing solution regardless of braces or not, but with braces it should be made the de facto solution.