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Your Top-Rated Orthodontist in
Charleston, SC, For Braces & Invisalign

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Many people find it challenging to floss regularly, and that challenge may be even harder with braces.  Successful orthodontic treatment includes a partnership with patients to commit to stay healthy and maintain good oral hygiene.  Cleaning and flossing your teeth regularly when you are wearing braces is very important to your health and your smile.  Here are four tips to help you make flossing easier when wearing braces.

Pick the Right Tool

Sliding ordinary floss between your teeth with braces may be difficult to do and is akin to threading a needle.  A floss threader will make your efforts much easier and it is an inexpensive solution to help you floss between your teeth and the wire of your braces.  These floss threaders are ideal for people with braces since they help you pull floss above the wire, through the teeth, and up the gum line.

Consider Using Waxed Floss

Non-waxed floss is more likely to snag on your braces and leave traces behind when you floss.  Using a waxed floss with the floss threader is an effective way to more easily slip the floss through the tooth without snagging. Using a wax-covered thread to clean between teeth scrubs the hard-to-reach places that are easily missed by brushes especially when brackets and wire are in the way.

Supplement with an Electric Flosser

These devices (such as Waterpik or AirFloss) are unique tools that use a steady stream of water to clean between your teeth along the gumline.  Electric flossers have an efficient stream of water for cleaning your mouth and will take only three to five minutes of use.  If you are unsure of which electric flosser to use, ask your orthodontist for recommendations based on your unique needs.

Proxy Brushes May Help Supplement Cleaning Routine

Small, flexible brushes that sort of look like a tiny pine tree are proxy brushes to help supplement your cleaning routine.  They are a unique shape that allows them to slip behind the braces and are easy to insert beneath the wire and between teeth to get to those hard to reach places in your mouth.  You may add a small amount of toothpaste to the proxy brush for better cleaning.  This should not be used as a replacement for a daily flossing routine.

Our expert Charleston County orthodontist and highly trained staff at Reese Orthodontics are eager to join you and your family on the journey to a healthier and happier smile.  To request your appointment with our friendly and knowledgeable orthodontist Dr. Reese, please contact us.

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If you want to learn more about our orthodontic practice - where we offer extensive experience with a Board Certified Orthodontist, where we offer a satisfaction guarantee, and where we offer flexible payment options - Reese Orthodontics is here to serve you.

"Dr. Reese and staff share an inviting personality with a clean and professional atmosphere. I am very happy with the service, the product and the final result. I would encourage any of my friends and family to consult with Dr. Reese around their Orthodontic needs."
- Austin H.
"It has been a great experience all around getting braces at Dr. Reese Orthodontics. It's a great office with wonderful and friendly staff. I am extremely happy with the results. Can't say enough good things about Dr. Reese and his staff. I highly recommend him!"
- Nicole S.
"Dr. Reese and his staff was referred to me by a friend, and I highly recommend them! They were friendly, professional, helpful and quick to respond. I could not be happier with the results of Invisalign. I wore them about 7 months and my teeth are as straight as can be. Thank you for the great care and results!"
- Dancy E.
"I chose the absolute perfect orthodontist to perfect my smile. Dr. Reese has a personality that calms you and removes the anxiety that may come with the process. Dr. Reese is a true artist. I am so excited with my new smile. Dr. Reese accomplished the goals I was looking for and I am forever grateful. Thank you Dr. Reese!!!"
- Melanie C.
"Just awesome! Dr. Reese is the one to go to. He knows what he's doing and is great at what he does. Makes you feel like family every time you go visit. I can't get over how great my smile looks now. Definitely recommended."
- Harsha P.
*The reviews listed are from actual patients of Reese Orthodontics.
Individual results may vary. Reviews are not claimed to represent results for everyone.
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Dr. Reese McElveen, our award-winning orthodontist in Charleston, South Carolina has transformed the smiles of over 11,000 patients. Reese Orthodontics offers the most advanced orthodontic care for children and adults. Types of braces and orthodontic treatment include metal braces, clear braces, gold braces, Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, Damon Braces, SureSmile. Dr. Reese can even help you achieve your confident smile faster with AcceleDent.

Call 843.573.7279 today to schedule your appointment with our board certified orthodontist in Charleston, SC, at our conveniently located Charleston orthodontic office. Come experience Reese Orthodontics and you will see for yourself that we offer innovative and effective orthodontic care in Charleston, Downtown Charleston, West Ashley, James Island, Mount Pleasant, North Charleston, Johns Island, Goose Creek, Hanahan and Ladson, South Carolina (SC).