Try Platypus ortho flossers (Amazon link)! They fit under your wires, and makes flossing so so so much quicker and easier. I'm flossing daily now, which is something I had absolutely never done before.
I believe they sell a rubber band tool designed to help putting them on/off
Something like this: https://www.amazon.com/Elastic-Placers-Disposable-Plastic-Orthodontic/dp/B08Y6G4SD7/ref=mp_s_a_1_2_sspa?dchild=1&keywords=braces+rubber+band+tool&qid=1624344209&sr=8-2-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUFYSUdJMUNSUzk5Mk...
Not in the UK, but if I found some stuff on Amazon UK that might work for ya. This one here is right at your budget mark and I couldn't find a cheaper one. Another one that is slightly more expensive, but looks good is this one. I hope you find something that fits your budget because a water flosser is a great tool along with regular flossing to help you keep everything clean and your life easy with braces.
YES!! Dental dots!!! They work so much better! The adhesive is moisture activated(so you don't have to stuff paper towels in your mouth like I used too), you can eat & sleep with them on, they feel so much better like a soft smooth gentle jelli thing they feel amazing. They're just better trust me. Tip: you can stretch them across multiple teeth that are close together (Which I do for the three lower front teeth), tear them in half if you don't need too much, and do other stuff like that to your needs. I didn't know that before. Here's the Amazon link to the same ones I have: https://www.amazon.com/OrthoDots-CLEAR-Count-Alternative-Orthodontic/dp/B07CW12N6C
I found one with a really small head on Amazon which makes it easy to clean around the braces TEPE Universal Care Soft Slim... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00UBTURZS?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share.
I also bought an oral irrigator/water flosser but I’m still learning how to use it.
I've been using these and they work amazingly.
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: https://www.amazon.com/Waterpik-Flosser-Electric-Countertop-Irrigator/dp/B00HFQQ0VU/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=Waterpik&qid=1594560886&sr=8-5
You should not use whitening solutions during treatment, you'll end up with your teeth being a different color than under the brackets.
Oral B Satin is the best floss for braces because it holds its shape and you don't need a threader. Hope this helps!
Platypus flossers! https://www.amazon.com/Platypus-Ortho-Flosser-Braces-count/dp/B005D0DQVC
My routine is-
Morning: Interdental brush (tight ones to get in between my molars, waterpik on low, manual toothbrush (don't rinse out with water just spit.)
Afternoon: Wide interdental brush for in between brackets I have a bread filled lunch and manual brush with just water
After dinner: Wide and tight interdental brushes, platypus flosser (works best on front teeth), waterpik on high, manual toothbrush (don't rinse; spit)
I found these things were way better than the wax for my canker sore I developed in the same area. They stick better and your braces/teeth don't have to be dry when you put them on.
It's basically the same as a normal floss pick. They also have a picture of the instructions on the back of the bag. https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B01BW3L6C4/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Zoom in on the second image that shows the back of the bag with instructions.
They make “one size” mouth guards that might work? I haven’t tried them with braces, so I can’t speak to how well all the extra gear fits in ones mouth though. I once bought like a 30 pack at CVS, but here’s an example. Night Guards
The comfort flex are awesome, it lets me get into back spots much easier, I was also using these.
Hey have you heard of platypus flossers? They’re stick flossers that fit under your wire! I remember flossing was a nightmare for me too but now it doesn’t take long at all
this isn’t the exact brand I get but this is what they look like
You should also try getting a water glosser! It’s also faster than string flossing and really gets all the food out. I use the sticks in the morning because I have less time and the water pick at night (:
Philips Sonicare HX6871/49... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0795VB6XJ?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
This toothbrush has really helped me out, my dentist was always complaining on how I didn’t brush correctly and I needed to do better. I use this along w a water flosser and floss and have not had a complain since then
I bought the Oral-B Pro 7000. It comes with a few different brush heads, a nice case to put them in, a water proof timer, and it's a rechargeable Bluetooth toothbrush.
It's worked pretty well for me, and if you buy it from Amazon you can save $20 right now.
you could also try contacting dental schools near you.
during lockdown I bought these dental tools since I get buildup on my bottom teeth easily. they're sharp so I very gently remove the tartar and my teeth actually do look a bit better. hopefully you can get a cleaning soon, but that's what I use in the meantime.
A majority of these are knock-offs...Amazon is notorious for this stuff these days. Anything that has their "brand" names in all caps or is just gibberish is drop shipped garbage 99% of the time. It may be more expensive but I would stick to brand name, like a Waterpik. Here's a portable and non-portable version. I got the non portable version on sale for $35 about 2 years ago and it's still going strong!
It’s been almost 22 months. My side profile and jawline has completely changed for the better!
My weight has stayed consistent in all 3 photos. As stated in my previous posts, I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and TMJ issues that caused severe facial swelling due to inflammation.
I started to take care of my health properly and the swelling went down. Braces have done magic on my face.
For the past year, I’ve also done daily gua sha massage with this device and at-home radio frequency skin tightening with the silk n’ titan anti-aging device
A good skin care routine really helped my middle and lower face bounce back after years of swelling and orthodontic issues.
These are what I order. 4 packs for $10! https://www.amazon.com/Plackers-Orthopick-Dental-Floss-Braces/dp/B07D6ZZDQD?pd_rd_w=yTTJe&content-id=amzn1.sym.3cb9b85f-43ef-4d4b-94d0-0a8efe2194e9&pf_rd_p=3cb9b85f-43ef-4d4b-94d0-0a8efe2194e9&pf_rd_r=Y5HXWCCABBT4ETT8KEGS&pd_rd_wg=...
You can also get these heads for them https://www.amazon.co.uk/Oral-B-Ortho-Care-Essentials-Replacement/dp/B003U9V7QO/ref=asc\_df\_B003U9V7QO/?tag=googshopuk-21&linkCode=df0&hvadid=310836173466&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=8683753725502766475&hvpone=&hvptwo=&...
Someone on here recommended silicone ear plugs (you take a chunk off and use it like wax). I’m so grateful I discovered that because I tried wax and orthodots and this works soooo much better. It allowed my cheek sore to heal from the wire poking at it. Here’s an example of the one I got: Amazon
Omg you seem like an amazing parent I am sure your daughter is going to appreciate everything you are doing for her!
The Waterpik I have been personally using the past year is the Waterpik Cordless Advanced Water Flosser For Teeth and it came with everything I needed for my braces. In the 5th photo you can see what it comes with and I have used pretty much all of the stuff it came with. The tip/attachment I personally love and use the most is the one with the little blue brushes on it. I really love this Waterpik, but I understand it is on the expensive side. I decided to invest in it tho because the one my friend bought one for walmart which broke after 6 months and she had to buy another one. I also took mine to Europe for my summer vacation and the battery lasted the entire 3 weeks of everyday use. If you do get it I recommend your daughter use the lowest pressure as the other options can be too much for the teeth/gums and even the braces. Another note it is currently on 20% off sale so its $79.99 instead of the $99.99.
There is also the Waterpik Cordless Pearl that comes with the same attachments and stuff. It is currently $10 chaper, but usually its $30 cheaper as it is $69.99.
Also I am sure there is plenty of dupes that are cheaper and work as effective as the on brand Waterpik ones I just personally have not used them.
That’s hypocalcification and is very common after ortho basically the area where the bracket was isn’t easy to clean so there can be bacteria getting underneath and acids why cause the enamel under the bracket to lose some of its mineral causing white spots. You can ask for fluoride varnish to be applied or look for MI Paste: https://www.amazon.ca/GC-Mi-Paste-Mint-40G/dp/B01HLBOXVC/ref=asc_df_B01HLBOXVC/?tag=googlemobshop-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=292999535255&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=9420586126369167308&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=m&...
Brush with a pea sized amount twice daily to help restore the minerals to your enamel it will help with the white spots too.
Platypus Orthodontic Flossers for Braces - Dental Floss Picks for Braces, Fits Under Arch Wire, Will Not Damage Braces, Increase Flossing Compliance, Floss Teeth in Less Than Two Minutes - 30 Count https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005D0DQVC/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_TKZDF3Z8B40H686NZZNX?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
I have a toothbrush like that too. I also use these brushes for any plaque and build I can’t clean w my toothbrush.
It won't be like that for two years. I've had mine in for maybe 6 months or so now, and I can eat whatever the hell I want (seriously, anything and everything). The first couple of months were really tough though. You'll need everything to be super soft, especially right after an adjustment when everything is so much more sensitive.
If you have an instant pot/pressure cooker, you can make hearty stews with beef or chicken that will be much easier to eat. I usually do chuck or pot roast for at least an hour & let it depressurize on its own. A slow cooker would work too. Everything needs to be super tender and soft, and drenching it in a sauce really helps.
If you like rice, overcook it and team it up with high protein/fat yogurt. It'll make it easier to eat. For pasta, you'll have to overboil it and eat it while it's mushy. I know, gross. Same with things like cereal, let it get soggy then eat it. Lentil soups are also great. If you're worried about not getting enough vegetables, blitz them in a blender and add them to a soup or smoothie.
One last thing -- please be super careful and eat smaller bites of food. I can't tell you how many times I've choked because I took a massive bite of something and it got stuck between the bite plate and my throat. Not fun! If that happens to you, you can usually dislodge it with your finger.
As for the lisp, if you listen to music, practice singing along. That helped me get over it pretty fast. And for cleaning, these and a waterpik help get food out from underneath. Good luck, you've got this!
I bought this one! Haven't used it yet since I don't have my full braces on yet (that's complicated)
There are brace covers on Amazon. It’s literally just thin rubber and doesn’t actually ‘clip’ onto anything, two little folds go over the wire as a bumper between the braces and your mouth. I don’t
wear it 24/7, just at night and it helps give my mouth time to heal.
I got my braces put on Tuesday, it’s Saturday morning now and I didn’t have to use any wax at all in the last 24 hours. Can’t recommend enough.
I lied it’s $15
TecnidentUSA Clip-On Comfort Lip Shield/Mouth Protector Guard for Braces - Orthodontic Dental Wax Alternative - 2019 New and Improved https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NPYVSLP/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_33E45M31TQP2R5JPEW7Z
I like to use these interdental brushes to get between my teeth and brackets. It goes so much quicker than thread flossing. They come in different sizes too. Check em out.
10 brushes for $15, these work great!
Aoremon Replacement Toothbrush Heads for Philips Sonicare DiamondClean, Black, Pack of 10 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08QRV27JK/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_Z4ZMMF6G1P1T55BSQNNC?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
If you can afford it— orthodot’s are supreme when it comes to wires. Just have to make sure you follow the directions.
The side facing you when you open the package is the adhesive side.
OrthoDots CLEAR - Moisture... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B083P5Y2H3?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
You can change your own power chains! In fact I highly recommend that you do because power chains lose their tension and strength by 6 weeks so you might even lose all your progress. They can start to dry out and break off. I change mine every 2 weeks and this is part of the reason why I’ve had such quick success.
This is what I use: RZJZGZ Clear Dental Orthodontic Elastic Chain Power Chains Brace Orthodontic Spool Elastic Rubber Band (Short) … https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07D549K8H/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_67813A5F4TWN5ZR2GVDZ?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
And this tool is absolutely necessary to get them on: Briggs Precision Kelly Forceps Locking Tweezers Clamp, Silver, Curved, 5-1/2 Inch https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GGAAPD0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_S7HB35W2R8HQRZ6JHG51
I get gingivitis very easily. This seems to keep most of it away and I usually don't have bleeding at my cleanings with this routine. It's not cheap, but maybe look into some of these.
I don't use a water flosser but they are absolutely better than nothing and some people have a lot of success with them.
I used to use an electric toothbrush but it made my gum recession worse and when my teeth are sore after adjustments the electric brush felt awful.
I bought this one yesterday https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B09CX45KNM?pd_rd_i=B09CWWQD53&pd_rd_w=u8PQR&pf_rd_p=08db5e48-62f8-4bdc-b09e-703bde66feec&pd_rd_wg=Y237t&pf_rd_r=B4KWHVAQ2JVYM7108TGX&pd_rd_r=03b7c723-3d8f-4009-842d-ef4c015c6ef7&th=1&psc=1
A waterpik is not going to clear the plaque inside the teeth. You need real floss to get in between the teeth especially with crowding. Posted what I use.. it’s the easiest thing to use with braces.
Try to get ahold of Gishy Goo instead. Wax is an inferior product and I never use wax after having used this.
It hardens into solid, and doesn’t melt off into your mouth. This is good for overnight use or for up to 12 hours at a time without coming off at all.
Hey me neither. I never flossed before getting braces but now it's part of my routine. I'd get this kind of floss if you haven't already. It'll make your life easier.
Maybe not brush all the time but definitely try to get all the food out of your teeth. Not only will it cause calcification in the long run, your gums can get inflamed & irritated and you can get gingivitis. I like to buy these picks off of Amazon to carry in my purse, car, etc. They come with a little case too. Super helpful! I use them for when I’m at work or out and about and I don’t have my waterpik on me. I would for sure look in to purchasing them. https://www.amazon.com/GUM-Soft-Picks-Original-Dental-Picks/dp/B06XQSG36Q/ref=mp_s_a_1_omk_4?crid=ZYD5T1SK9P0R&keywords=gum+soft+picks&qid=1646178227&sprefix=gum+%2Caps%2C230&sr=8-4
I was initially given bite blocks which are blue things on my teeth to stop me from biting my brackets but I ended up grinding them off. I asked if I could have more added so I didn’t grind (they were big enough to where I couldn’t bite my back molars when I close my mouth) and they were so hesitant to put more on it was so annoying. I ended buying these things at Walmart and I only used them at night, I’ll go back to wearing them at night once I grind off my bite blocks again. You don’t have to mold them which is what I wanted since I don’t wanna do all that tbh lol DenTek , Comfort-Fit Dental Guard For Nighttime Teeth Grinding, 2 count (Packaging May Vary) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002WTCK4Q/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_i_CGCQ5B4SF695E3WT6J67?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
If you're searching online look for a "functional appliance" container. Or even an old fashioned solid soap container like this https://www.amazon.com.au/PUTING-Transparent-Plastic-Portable-Container/dp/B07D9C6NZP
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.
Cordless Water Dental Flosser Teeth Cleaner, INSMART Professional 300ML Tank DIY Mode USB Rechargeable Dental Oral Irrigator for Home and Travel, IPX7 Waterproof 3 Modes Irrigate for Oral Care https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09CQ49C9Y/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_C7P9Y3JMDJ0YE5B9N9YP?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
I’ve only been using this for a month. It’s cordless and can’t complain about it. Such a life saver and doesn’t break the bank only around 30 bucks
I drop them in this stuff every night. They’ve stayed crystal clear for the 7 months I’ve had them Retainer & Denture Cleaning Tablets - Dental Cleaners for Odor & Plaque - 3 Min Cleaning for Retainers, Aligners & Mouth Guards - USA Formulated - 4 M https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08HZG3DSD/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apip_EyYcTOmuOEgju
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 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HFQQ0VU/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_fabc_VZJ3KSG7J8DD95SH9GMA?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
This model is $60 and they have travel ones too.
I use Oral B Superfloss.. Pre-cut strands and I love it. It can be a little annoying to coordinate at first but it gets much easier.
Oral B Superfloss
Untrue. I know Google isn't never wrong but the overwhelming majority of professionals would disagree.
Just picked one that seemed reasonably legit though MANY, MANY others echoed the same info.
Thank you for the answer. I googled it and came across this very informative slide which explains them very well:
i’ve been using this for about a week thinking it could clear out the discoloration. it looks quite promising so i might continue with it
This is the kind of wash our ortho gives out when starting treatment. They have citrus flavor as well. I like it!
Takes me like 3 minutes. With floss tied to a threader or with the new floss I just got https://www.amazon.com/Sunstar-3200B-EasyThread-Orthodontic-Threader/dp/B00BM8P22A/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?crid=18IBCWHSO9ERF&keywords=easy+thread+floss&qid=1637787381&sprefix=easythread+flos%2Caps%2C122&sr=8-3 got it for a couple bucks and it has the built in threader like super floss but without the thickness so I can actually fit it between my teeth!
Yes! The water flosser I use is this one: Hangsun Water Flosser Cordless Oral Irrigator Rechargeable Ultra Dental Water Jet HOC700 for Teeth Braces with Portable USB Charger 300ML Water Tank and 4 Jet Tips for Travel & Home Use https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07VQRDGXV/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_W6WF1YPC9N12249JBA5V
I ordered it from Amazon. Not sure if you have access to the same one but you might be able to look at the specs of this one and find one similar :)
This was my life saver: LotFancy Gel Ice Pack with Wrap, Pain Relief for TMJ, Wisdom Teeth, Face, Head, Chin Jaw Oral and Facial Surgery, Dental Implants, Reusable Hot Cold Pack for Therapy https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01FSCLPPI/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_E884N6DGKAFHFVVXSSWK?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1, taking antibiotics and pain pills exactly as prescribed and on time and sleeping upward for the first few days to minimize swelling!
I have this one and really like it not having a cord is nice as it’s easy to maneuver Waterpik Cordless Water Flosser Rechargeable Portable Oral Irrigator For Travel And Home - Cordless Advanced, WP-565 Orchid (Purple) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01GNVF8DS/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apip_k9JSmiZP7tq7E
Might want to get one of those lip shield for braces. They’re like a thin rubber strip that wraps around your braces all around. here’s one if you’re interested but there are other brands as well
Two questions, where is the wire? That will definitely make things more comfortable, and are those self-lighting brackets? It kind of looks like it from the photo. If the doors aren’t closed, they can be very sharp. If so, use your fingernail to push on the door to close it.
The salt water rinses will help, and if you can get peroxyl rinse, that helps as well. Also try these Morgan Bumper Braces Cover Lip Protector Qty 2 - Clear https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00RMCQORM/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_DZ7H42E06Y3Z6VFQ0P6P. We recommend them to our patients who play musical instruments like trumpet, trombone, etc.
Use ice, I bought this from Amazon and it was a lifesaver - LotFancy Gel Ice Pack with Wrap, Pain Relief for TMJ, Wisdom Teeth, Face, Head, Chin Jaw Oral and Facial Surgery, Dental Implants, Reusable Hot Cold Pack for Therapy https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01FSCLPPI/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_23AV8DWF80WB6KAQ2CE1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1 .
They should have given you pain pills and antibiotics, make sure you’re taking them as you’re supposed to and be very careful with what you eat. Also, do not sleep on your side! Try and sleep as upright as possible to help with the clotting!
Thank you!!! My doctor also offered me a Valium (anti-anxiety) before which might help you! Also, I bought this and it was a life saver for afterwards!! Face ice Pack for Jaw, Head and Chin, Adjustable Hot and Cold Wrap for Wisdom Teeth and TMJ Pain Relief https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GX69H3W/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_VQ3FMMW2DD2KHYDD1GJP
I use floss threaders like these https://www.amazon.com/GUM-EEZ-Thru-Floss-Threaders/dp/B08177P6YS
It's basically like you loop the string through the threader and loop the threader under or over your wire, you keep the string and remove the threader and now you can floss.
When I had braces I used Plackers:
They are floss picks that are designed for braces. They were a life saver for me. There was a few teeth they didn't fit into so I just threaded the floss for those
I grind my teeth all night. My ortho OK’d my use of these, they help a ton.
Plackers Grind No More Dental Night Guard for Teeth Grinding, Blue 10 Count https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004TD23W2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_W8FGHPTVZPSY6DPRT9AX?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Congrats, I'm 36 (37 in November) and got mine on earlier this year. It's definitely a bit awkward having them at this age, especially for someone like me because I have always hated talking about myself (and this obviously draws a little more attention), but it's one of the best decisions I've ever made and I'm sure you'll feel the same too!
For floss I'd definitely recommend Oral B superfloss (https://www.amazon.com/Oral-B-Super-Floss-Pre-Cut-Strands/dp/B074W58X3F). It has a couple of inches of a stiffer tip to use to thread through, then a slightly longer portion with a kind of "thicker"/softer thread for where you might have a larger gap, and then a good 12-16" of regular floss after that for everything else. I found it much earlier to use than a separate threader, and I also had issues with the platypus due to some tight spots. Now that I'm 9 months in and things are much straighter than they were at the beginning I could probably try the platypus again, but the superfloss is so easy that I haven't bothered.
I concur with your ortho, water flossing is great and I wouldn't want to live without it but it doesn't replace regular flossing. I like the Super Floss too but for me, I cut it off at about 6" because I don't use the "fuzzy" end for large tooth gaps. The Platypus flossers are ok but I find it difficult to push the Platypus floss in between tight teeth. My Fave method for flossing is my regular floss, in my case, I use Glide or a similar "tape" style floss because my teeth are tight and floss threaders. If feels awkward AF at first but after a few times, you'll be a pro. I also like interdental brushes for back teeth.
GUM-EEZ Floss Threaders
Thank you so much for getting back to me in this much detail. It’s so helpful!
I will look out for the plastic tools. I’m in the uk, but I think I’ve found them on Amazon. Do you mean these?
Orthodontic Elastic Placers x 10 ~ Braces Elastic Bands Removers/Retrievers https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00OTKAU2A/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_E7VVK17MC0V5ES6K3VVM
Haha, I always ask myself the question, is this biscuit worth the brush? (It always is!)
I use this every day in warm water and mine have stayed clear. One key is to always rinse and never let saliva dry in the retainer. Like if you take it out to eat rinse immediately Retainer & Denture Cleaner Tablets - 4 Months Supply (120 pcs) - 3 Min Cleaning of Retainers & Aligner - Dental Cleaners for Odor & Plaque - Fresh & B https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08HZG3DSD/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apip_5zU6KygSFjTf4
I just had my four wisdom teeth and four other teeth extracted on Tuesday. My other teeth are noticeably less painful than the wisdom teeth, but I still recommend soups, mashed potatoes, etc for a few days.
My oral surgeon prescribed me ibuprofen 600, which helped, but I also really really really appreciated my "jaw bra" for both cold and heat packs. I have this one. If you have prime, it might be worth it. https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B07GFW7QBD/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
I’d recommend an ultra sonic cleaner. Those things are great for keeping retainers clean.
Here’s an example.
Magnasonic Professional Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner with Digital Timer for Eyeglasses, Rings, Coins (MGUC500) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B007Q2M17K/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_P926RPVZTDC5FRB0124D
I find this to be the quickest and easiest with crowded teeth. Things like platypus flossers don't reach under crooked wires for me quite yet.
I use these paired with a waterpik and its been great so far. These are stiff on the end, making it easy to thread between the wire and your teeth. Like a thread and needle.
I brush mine a bit then drop them in a glass with this stuff Retainer & Denture Cleaner Tablets - 4 Months Supply (120 pcs) - 3 Min Cleaning of Retainers & Aligner - Dental Cleaners for Odor & Plaque - Fresh & B https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08HZG3DSD/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apip_fvlnE4QDnA6wD they have stayed really clear
So sorry... For your mouth being cut up, I'd recommend wax, but I honestly hate the wax it's so difficult to apply and never stays on it's terrible. I actually recommend these;
They're called dental dots they apply fast and you don't have to stuff paper towels in your mouth to use them. You can even eat with them on most of the time. But I understand they can be quite a bit more expensive than wax(13 dollars for a pack of 24), so I also recommend these;
They're $8 and reusable. So you can use them over again until you get you're braces off. But you can't sleep with them, and I wouldn't recommend them if your braces sit very crookedly on your teeth. They are a much cheaper choice, though.
And for you being self conscious about how your braces look.. I don't get that part. I think braces look really cute, and I'm not just saying that, I really do. Maybe that's just me. I hope you feel better about wearing them.
Yesterday I got my braces, and I made a comment on this thread about how horrible those first twelve hours were. But today they were noticeably better. And I just checked my Reddit, and someone replied to my comment saying it'll get better, and they debated getting braces but they did and it worked out. And it made me feel really good. So I hope I helped, even just a little.
I had 6 teeth extracted at once (3 were wisdoms - oddly enough only 3 ever grew, lol), including one impacted in my palate. Extractions are done for many different reasons, from crowding, impaction, bite, etc.
Never hesitate to ask your orthodontist for what they hope to accomplish any part of your treatment. But I wouldn't be nervous if your doc is recommending extractions. Trust the process, even if things sometimes look worse before they get better.
PS: Passing along a recommendation for this ice pack when you have your surgery. Total lifesaver. ;)
There are dentek disposable ones that I reuse because I like them better than the other ones that fit right over and I have to use them as I’m a terrible clencher
DenTek Ready-Fit Disposable Dental Guards, 16 Count https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01ACX10EE/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_NN4FWXDQBZW0HM8MTDKA
I don't know about the elastic button but I find these ortho dots last a lot longer than wax on my brackets - might be worth a try!
I'd recommend getting some interspace brushes like these and some interdental brushes like these and use them to get up and in between the brackets under the wire.
I found the same and also use a water flosser but I’ve found the best thing is superfloss! It takes ages as you obviously have to thread and rethread but it works a dream!
Oral-B SuperFloss, 50 threads https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0153C6N9G/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_W0A3K72JMXK8XVX6V2FT?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Oral-B orthodontic (fake) brushes after every meal
Travel size Waterpik (in place of flossing) every night, or when the brush won't clear the junk out of the braces.
Hope this helps!
I have a Philips Sonicare 6100. (This is one of their pricier models, but they’ve got some nice electric toothbrushes that cost less.) It has 3 modes: clean, white, and gum, 3 intensity settings, a 2-minute timer, a charger and a travel case. You have 3 color to choose from. I chose light pink. I really like the traditional brush head shape. But the reason I chose Philips over Oral-B is that Philips is a “cruelty-free” company (doesn’t test on animals) and Oral-B is not.
In the first week or two, your teeth may be sore and you may want to limit yourself to soft foods: pasta, mashed potatoes, apple sauce, pudding, smoothies, soups, etc. Once the soreness is gone, you can go back to your usual diet with some restrictions. Your orthodontist should give you a list of things to avoid. It may include stuff like Jolly Ranchers, Skittles, candied apples, chewing gum, popcorn, taffy... If it’s not on the “don’t” list, you can assume that you “can” eat it. Personally, though, I would advise not drinking soda and laying off sweets as much as possible.
Best affordable water flosser I've found: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08HLN8JRY/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Bite turbos suck for about the first week but you'll get used to them. They wear down a bit and are much more bearable.
My son is 30 days into expander and top front braces. He was having issues with his tongue being sore from rubbing on that top bar all the time. I found a product on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0741MHG5W/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 that has really helped. Dont clam up when you get it because the more you talk, the faster your mouth will adjust to talking. The first few days, my son had a strong lisp that is almost completely gone now. I was really worried that turning the key would hurt him but it really doesnt seem to bother him.
His mouth was opposite as yours with the eye teeth sticking out in front quite dramatically. 30 days later, those teeth are almost completely straight with room to spare (which is important because he is only 9 and still has adult teeth yet to come in).
i have the same problem and i was going to buy these floss threaders (GUM Eez-Thru Floss Threaders  25 Each https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000GGJCDO/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glc_fabc_BlsZFb15752MB?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1) to see how they work but i haven’t got the chance to yet. i hope that they work for you!
Philips Sonicare HX6871/49 ProtectiveClean 6100 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush, Navy https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0795VB6XJ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_fabc_chbVFbXH9EA8Z?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
I had a deep cleaning due to my neglecting my oral health and my gums were horrible and had a lot of calculus on my teeth. My dental hygienist said I have not been taking care of my teeth since my cleaning and to do better. I used this along with a water flosser and she was really surprised by the next visit as she said my gums were looking way better and my teeth were very clean!
This is the one I bought. Waterpik WP-660 Water Flosser Electric Dental Countertop Professional Oral Irrigator For Teeth, Aquarius,White https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HFQQ0VU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_fabc_RM7TFbN2F83ZN?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Sorry to say, Chewies are not compatible with Brackets... My ortho gave me a rubber waffer to bite down on, when there was tightness.
If you are curious about the Chewies, here is an page.
That's funny the waffers have been totally removed from Amazon...
You'll find wax is your friend in the beginning.
Not from braces, just antibiotics I'm on. Adding regular probiotics helped. I kind of like these hyperbiotic ones which I roll around my mouth sometimes (not sure if that part actually helps 🤷♀️)
I've found iglu braces gel better than wax. It's a gel/paste that thickens in your mouth. It's easier to get into awkward spaces and stays on better than wax.
You could try silicone earplugs instead: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hush-Pairs-Plugz-Silicone-Earplugs/dp/B004TX1MVU/
You can break off as large a piece as you want and it sticks fairly well. I thought it was easier to use than traditional dental wax. It's also dirt cheap in comparison to traditional dental wax.
Try threader flosses. You can buy these at target also
Oral-B Super Floss Mint Dental Floss Pre-Cut Strands 50 ea (Pack of 18) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KOCPCZ2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_xx8GFbDXTMZ07
Oral-B Glide Threader Floss (Pack of 4) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001F51RBU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_ly8GFbKM3TR42
Link above ^^ I’ve been using it since July! Got my braces on end of June.
This one is a little bit more ($69) but I love it because it is easy to take when I travel Waterpik Cordless Water Flosser Rechargeable Portable Oral irrigator for Travel & Home Cordless Advanced, Wp 565 Orchid (Purple) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01GNVF8DS/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_T5TAFbETZJMTX
This is the one I have but there are several other formulas Crest Pro-Health Advanced Mouthwash with Extra Tartar Protection, Refreshing Mint 16.90 oz (Pack of 2) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01IAFGNWU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_Ve7vFbE0NG4X7 my husband prefers the Act. Don’t know why act doesn’t work for me
Thank you! Wow. My orthodontist actually said to me "Brush your teeth for 6-8 minutes each day, 3 times per day"
I dont really know what type of toothbrush it is, I'll attach a picture, this is the exact toothbrush I use.
My imgur wont load so I'll try and upload a picture later because it isnt working for me right now. However the picture I took doesnt give it justice at all; you cant see how transparent the teeth actually are at the top, and the jagged and wobbly tops of the teeth show, but not that well.
By "being smooth" I meant that basically before my brace treatment started, my bottom row of teeth were quite jagged at the top, and then around 3 days in I noticed they were becoming smooth and almost perfect in shape, but now on day 16 they've ben filed beyond that and are becoming even more jagged than before.
I use this. I usually use like 1 per week, or whenever the bristles get nasty/flat. I used to use WaterPik, but it's not as good.
Yeahhh, that seems pretty lame, and I hope it's only due to current Covid restrictions. I've had to go back to get a wire clipped numerous times and my ortho's office has always managed to fit me in (but I haven't needed it since Covid hit, so I don't know what the protocol is now).
Use wax or try Orthodots on the poky part in the meantime. I wouldn't try to clip it myself.
I couldn't do the threading floss either, so I found these and they work great. Its still a bit more work than if there were no braces in the way, but definitely easier than threading floss.
link this stuff is amazing it’s kinda expensive on amazon but you might be able to find it for cheaper at a Walgreens or something. My ortho sells them for cheap so I would check yours. It’s like wax but lasts so much longer and you can eat with it on
I saw these on Amazon, haven’t tried them Dental Disposable Orthodontic Ortho Elastic Placer 25 Pcs/Bag US SELLER https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01AU6FNHI/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_owkRDbCZ7G9YJ but I just use a big magnifying mirror and my fingers. Mine are all the way in the back and this helps.
I have this one and really like it. Waterpik Cordless Water Flosser Rechargeable Portable Oral irrigator for Travel & Home Cordless Advanced, Wp 565 Orchid (Purple) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01GNVF8DS/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_pAzKDbMDJYC6N
Thanks for the product suggestion. I also saw this (Oral B Satin Floss):
Is it significantly different from the one you linked (Oral-B Complete Satin Dental Floss Mint)? The name is the same except one has "Complete" on it. And the packaging looks different.