Ever since I got braces put on in September, I have been using my waterpik every day. It's the only way I know how to get rid of all the "schmutz" that gets stuck on the braces. Remember how you would take a water gun and squirt it in your mouth on a hot summer day? Well, a waterpik is nothing more than an automatic water gun. My routine is: I eat, I waterpik, I brush my teeth. And I must say that I have done a pretty good job of keeping the bathroom clean from all the mess that can be made with one. The mirror has never looked cleaner in front of the sink! ;)
My 7 year old son recently got a palatal expander placed to fix the cross-bite he has on his back teeth. He, too, is using the waterpik and loves it. He has so much fun having water go all over the mirror and the sink counter. One day he went to go use it, and it wouldn't turn on. I checked the fuse and turned it back on. Well, he had left the waterpik turned on. The bathroom all of a sudden had a nice water feature. A couple of walls got a nice rinse, and water was everywhere.
So, if you wear any kind of orthodontic appliance that you cannot take out of your mouth, you should be using a waterpik. It will help decrease the amount of plaque in your mouth, which will mean less cavities. It will make brushing your teeth much easier. Moms, Dads, can it be a bit messy? Yes. Would you rather have a slightly messier bathroom mirror or a child with a higher chance of having cavities?
Can you use a waterpik if you don't have braces? Of course! Some patients unfortunately don't floss for one reason or another (dexterity issues, they don't like to do it), but they will use a waterpik instead. A waterpik doesn't replace flossing completely, but it does help.
If you have any questions.please don't hesitate to contact us to learn more about using a waterpik.