I was really tired last night and forgot to floss. That happens sometimes, especially if I’m up late reading. Today my sister told me every time I forget to floss I have to wear six month smiles longer. She said some people end up wearing them the rest of their lives. I didn’t believe her at first, but then this afternoon at the mall I saw an old woman wearing braces, so now I think she might be right. If I’ve missed flossing like ten times or so, how much longer will I have to wear them?
Your sister is messing with you. Sisters do that. What determines how long you wear six-month smiles, or any other braces for that matter, is the amount of movement your teeth need to do in order to shift to their proper placement. Flossing won’t affect their movement.
Even though the amount of flossing you do will not affect the duration which you wear them, it is important. It’s even more important when you wear braces because it is much easier for things to get caught in your teeth leading to bacteria and gum disease.
You wouldn’t want to finally get beautiful, straight teeth only to discover you need to get tons of fillings because you developed cavities from neglect during your treatment.
Seeing an older woman with braces, while not common, is not unheard of. Some people couldn’t afford braces when they were younger but always wanted to straighten their teeth. It’s likely she’s finally getting to do something she’s always wanted to do. Additionally, our teeth shift throughout our lives so it could be she never needed braces until then.
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