Long Overdue, but Here Are My Final Thoughts…

Wow. It’s been such a long time since I even looked at this blog. So much has happened. I bought a condo, I moved into the city, and host of other things that are important to me but that I’m sure other people would probably find boring, so I won’t bother to mention them. One of the good things about my extended holiday from the blog was it gave me some time to gather some perspective on the whole 6 Month Smiles process. I’ve been living with my retainers for…ironically more than six months now. And now here are my final thoughts about the whole 6 Month Smiles process and whether or not it was worth it.

Brushing and flossing with my bonded retainers has been surprisingly easy. I use the thread floss for the teeth that aren’t bonded and the water flosser for my front teeth. With this combination, overall it takes only about five to ten minutes to brush, floss and use mouthwash, and my teeth are pretty darn clean at the end of it. I think my tongue’s gotten used to the retainers too. For the first few weeks, it would instinctually run over the retainers nonstop. It was as if my tongue thought the retainers were stuck food that just wouldn’t come out. Now, it only happens when I get really hungry. So for the most part, I’ve broken the habit.

Another noteworthy thing is I still have to cut up some fruits to eat them. This mainly applies to apples, nectarines and anything with hard skin. It wasn’t necessarily because it posed any threat to knocking out the retainers, though that did happen once. I had finished eating a bagel, and I noticed that part of my upper retainer had come loose. But they were able to put it back on. It turns out that the retainer wasn’t bonded well enough to the adhesive gluing it to the back of my teeth. A quick visit to the dentist fixed the problem, and I haven’t had a problem eating anything since. The main problem with eating fruits with tough skin whole is that pieces of the skin can get stuck between the spaces of your retainer very easily, and unless you have a set of soft picks (toothpicks are still too thick, in my opinion) handy, it can be murder trying to dig the pieces out. I have had some occasions where pieces of the adhesive fell out from eating fruit whole, but those pieces were never stuck to the retainer. They were more like excess adhesive that had attached directly to my teeth or between the spaces of the retainers, so they probably needed to come out anyway. Overall, it makes better sense to cut whole fruit into slices. They make an excellent to-go snack anyway.

One more funny thing I’ve found is that some of the adhesive that had attached the braces (not the retainers) to my teeth is permanently stuck there. It doesn’t matter how many times I brush or floss. Those pieces are stuck there. I’m not sure what to think about that. On one side, the adhesive hasn’t done anything to harm my teeth. On the other side of the argument, you could say that it’s weird having little flakes of glue permanently stuck to your teeth. But as long as the glue isn’t doing anything to harm my teeth, I say it’s no big deal. It’s not really that noticeable. Someone would have to be way up close to my mouth to see it, and the only person who will ever get that up close to my mouth will probably be my dentist.

The only other slightly disappointing thing is that my 6 Month Smiles experience was not for six months. When all was said and done, it was more like nine months, but that’s still a lot less time than it would have taken with traditional braces.

The best part of it all is that I have had people – total strangers – compliment my teeth. They won’t say it directly. It’s usually, “You have such a beautiful smile.” That’s enough to tell me that the braces really have made a difference.

So let’s take it all into account: the money I had to pay, getting the braces (about $1,500 total), eating with the braces (very delicately at first and then more liberally as it got closer to the end), the monthly dentist visits (about 1 per month, but as the process got closer to being finished about 2-3 per month), the oral care tools I had to get to keep my teeth clean (water flosser, threaders, soft picks, etc.; when all was said and done, that was about $90-$110 over the months, and would’ve been far, far less if  I’d not bought the water flosser), getting the braces off, getting my retainers and finally living with the retainers for what will be the rest of my life. Was it all worth it? If I had the opportunity, would I do it all over again?

I’d say…yes. When you add up the expenses for buying and maintaining the braces, the time it took to get my teeth straight, the visits and slight changes to my diet during that period, I think it was well worth it to get my new smile. 🙂

So there you have it. I’ve written about pretty much everything I have in me to write about when dealing with 6 Month Smiles. I wrote about the good, the bad and the ugly that came with the braces (and a few things I shouldn’t have covered, but that’s in the past). My hope is that in time, people thinking about getting braces via 6 Month Smiles or any other braces program can read this blog and have some idea of what to expect.

Now it’s time for this blog to finally spread its wings and fly. Where it goes from here is up to the will of the Internet gods. I may check in every now and then in case some random comments come in. My braces journey is at an end.

All the best to everyone out there on their own trial by smile. This is kmreview singing off.


They’re Heere!

Actually, I’ve had these retainers for a few weeks now, but in between work, Thanksgiving and potentially becoming a homeowner, I’ve been quite busy.

Taking off the braces wasn’t nearly as intense as I thought it would be. The only intense part is when the dentist removes the brackets. Because they’ve been cured to your teeth, the dentist has to get a pretty good grip on each bracket with the pliers to remove them, which can be a little funny in the back when they keep telling you to open your mouth in five different ways. But once the dentist gets a good grip, the brackets pop right off. It’s kind of like when the manicurist removes your fake nails. After that, the dentist gives you a good old fashioned cleaning. They clean the excess cement (the stuff that held the brackets to your teeth. It’s clear and feels like the stuff they use in manicuring. I’m almost positive it’s the exact same material) and any gunk that may have found its way between your teeth.

The lab didn’t get a good imprint for my plastic retainers, so I had to get it redone, but after that was finished, it was time to place in the bonded retainers. Each bonded retainer is only long enough to fit behind your front teeth. Check out the pictures of mine for an idea of how long they are.

The process for putting them on is almost exactly like putting on the 6 Month Smiles braces. The only difference is this time, the dentist is curing the retainer to the back of your teeth instead of the front. The place the adhesive against the back of your teeth very gently, and you have to keep your tongue away from the stuff or you’ll get burned – plus it probably doesn’t taste too good. Then, the dental hygienist places the retainer ever so gently and lets the adhesive do its work. It’s finally cemented to the teeth with a bright light. It’s just like getting a manicure, except for your mouth. Last but not least, the dentist will ever so slightly clean off any excess cement that gets caught between your teeth. They do this so that you can floss and to prevent the cement from irritating your gums.

When all’s said and done, you can start eating immediately after you get the retainers. You may be wondering what I had for my first meal after braces. I had a big, fat juicy hamburger with fries. It was wonderful! After about three weeks with the retainers, I can safely say one thing. You can eat just about anything! Pizza, sandwiches, burgers, nuts – anything your heart desires is up for grabs. There’s only one food type I haven’t eaten, and that’s whole fruit. It’s not that I’m worried anything is going to happen. I’m just so used to eating it sliced now, I don’t feel the need to change. I did have one incident when I ate a bagel. Somewhere between eating the bagel, my top retainer started coming off. But later when I got it checked, the dentist found that metal just didn’t do a good job bonding to the cement. They replaced it, and I haven’t had a problem since. And now that I have my plastic retainers, I’d be fine even if the retainer did come off again. I’d just wear the plastic retainers until I could get the dentist to replace them.

When you first get the retainer, it feels a little weird. I couldn’t stop my tongue from teasing the retainers. It was like an impulse. Three weeks later, however, I don’t even notice them. I eat like I did before I got braces. The only big change is I’ve given up on using threaders for flossing. I’m now a permanent water flosser.

For the most part, my life is back to normal. I eat what I want to eat, and I live how I want to live. So for my last post, I will write about my overall opinion on the 6 Month Smiles program and whether or not I felt it was worth it. Best regards!

Retainers 101

It’s almost time to get my retainers, and I’m super excited. Who would’ve thought dealing with braces could be such an emotional roller coaster! I’ve been twisted and turned around, made anxious and angry—hell, I even threw up a couple of times on the ride (figuratively, of course) and embarrassed myself. But the ride’s finally over, and I’m ready to get off. In anticipation of getting my retainer, I thought I’d go over the different types of retainers available for patients.

There are three primary types of retainers: the Hawley retainer, the Essix retainer and the bonded retainer. Below are some more detailed descriptions of each type of retainer:

Hawley Retainer

The Hawley retainer is probably the one everyone thinks of when they hear the word “retainer.” It holds the teeth in place with a metal wire and is anchored with an acrylic (looks like plastic) arch on the roof of your mouth. Lots of people like to customize the acrylic getting it in different colors or having cool shapes designed to fit their personality. In its most basic form, the Hawley retainer looks like the picture I’ve provided. For a few dollars more, you can get a special customized retainer called a Hawley spring retainer, designed to correct minor, minor problems. If you decide to get a Hawley spring retainer for this purpose, be prepared to wait a few months to see any results. Retainers don’t move teeth as well or as quickly as braces, mainly because they weren’t designed for that purpose. Retainers are for keeping your teeth in position after your braces have moved them.

The Hawley spring retainer looks almost exactly like a Hawley retainer (hence why it’s called a “Hawley” spring retainer). It just comes with a special anterior clip made of extra acrylic and metal wires. This extra piece is pliable and can be tightened and adjusted as needed via tiny springs (hence the “spring” in “spring retainer”) This piece is attached to your four front teeth and slowly works to correct minor movement in your front teeth over several months. Both the Hawley retainer and the Hawley spring retainer are removable, so you can take them out whenever you want to eat sandwiches, burgers—you know, all those foods you didn’t get a chance to eat with braces, or you tried eating with braces and found out how messy and nasty-looking it made your teeth afterwards. Or you can take them out when you want to brush and floss.

The major downside is that if you don’t keep track of a Hawley retainer and lose it, you’re boned. You’ll have to wait for the dentist or orthodontist to make another retainer for you, and then you’ll have to pay an arm and a leg when you finally get it. The other major problem is since the retainer is removable, once you take it out, you may forget to put it back in. And if you do that too many times, your teeth will end up right back where they were pre-braces. The upside of the Hawley retainers are they’re adjustable. A dentist or orthodontist can adjust the wires to help correct minor movement that may occur over the years.

Essix Retainer

An Essix retainer is basically an Invisalign look-alike. It’s a custom-made clear tray designed to look like an outline of your top and bottom teeth. They’re removable like Hawley retainers (so that you can eat, brush and floss), and you get the extra benefit of letting people see your beautiful straight teeth without another metal wire running across. Plus, they’re cheaper than Hawley retainers, which can come in handy if you’re the type of person who tends to lose things very easily (not that I’d recommend deliberately losing your retainer). The downside? If you’re a serial teeth grinder at night, you can crack the Essix retainer. These types of retainers wear down more easily than Hawley retainers too.

Because I’m on 6 Month Smiles, this is the type of retainer I will be given as backup for my bonded retainers. If anything happens to my bonded retainers and they have to remove them, I’ll wear these until the replacements are ready.

Bonded Retainer

Bonded retainers (AKA fixed retainers) are just what they sound like. They’re bonded to the back of your front teeth to keep them in a permanent straight arch. These things come in very handy if you’re the type of person who easily forgets to put your retainer back in once you take it out. And considering it’s stuck to the back of your teeth, a bonded retainer is extremely difficult to lose. The downside? You’re pretty much in the same boat as you were with braces, when it comes to brushing and flossing, that is. Because the retainer is permanently fixed to your teeth, food can get stuck to it more easily, meaning you have to brush more often to prevent tartar buildup. And depending on the type of bonded retainer and how it’s positioned, you can say goodbye to the days of flossing without threaders. Just use a water flosser like me! It’s a lot easier!

Bonded retainers are the standard type of retainer you get with 6 Month Smiles, so if you want a different type of retainer, you’d have to pay extra. The Essix retainers are also given to you as backup, which is why I had to go in to get molded again. Both retainers come with the whole 6 Month Smiles package, so you don’t have to pay extra for them.

So those are the three main types of retainers. I’m sure there are all kinds of fancy custom designs of these retainer types you can get, but I don’t have the time or the patience to research them all. Each retainer type comes with a set of pros and cons. You have to decide which pros and cons you’re most willing to work with. Just remember that whatever retainer you pick, you’re stuck with it for life. So choose wisely. Feel free to discuss them with your 6 Month Smiles dentist. Or if you’re really looking for something fancy, like a Hawley spring retainer, you can consult an orthodontist and get him or her to work with your 6 Month Smiles dentist.

Well, here it is. We’re at the home stretch of this blog. I’ll most likely only have two more posts after this: my report following my getting my retainers and a final thoughts on the whole 6 Month Smiles program. After that, I’ll put this little blog to bed and leave it to the will of the Internet gods.

It’s Retainer Time, Baby!

Well, it’s not exactly time yet, but I’ve gotten fitted for the retainer, and it’s just in a few weeks. I’m so excited! Apparently, I’m going to get bonded retainers for my upper and lower jaw, which will be permanent, and clear retainers that I can keep just in act anything happens to the bonded retainer. I’ll also have to wear the clear retainers with the bonded retainers for a few weeks, and after that, I believe I can just stick to the bonded retainer. But I’m getting way ahead of myself. That’s all for another post.

Getting fitted for the retainer is just like getting fitted for the braces. They put putty into your mouth to get an outline of your teeth with the braces. From there, they send the outline to a lab that custom-makes your retainers. The only negative is that when you’re waiting for the putty to settle, it hardened (just a little) and got stuck to my braces. So getting it out was a little difficult, but it wasn’t unpleasant.

Why did I decide to get fitted for the retainer now? Well, when Dr. Sakeena made another adjustment at my previous appoint, it corrected the over-correction from the last correction she tried to do, and pushed my tooth back. Confused? So was I. But long story short, the last correction she did pushed my little front tooth backwards. It over-corrected slightly, so my bottom front tooth still isn’t perfectly aligned with the rest of my bottom teeth. However, the problem is so slight that I’ve decided it’s not worth dealing with anymore. Let’s move on and hope that the retainer can do anything, I say!

No pictures this time just because there’s nothing to take a picture of right now. I still have to wear the braces until my new retainers come in. But it’s so exciting knowing that I’m almost done. Tune in for my next post where I’ll write more about the different types of retainers.

Review of Waterpik Flosser

So I’ve finally gotten the hang of water-flossing, and all I can say is “Wow!” I had absolutely no idea how easier my life would be with it. How did I ever live without this thing?!

There are different types of Waterpik flossers. I went for the relatively cheaper of the bunch and bought a Model WP-360. The WP-360 comes with two tube-shaped water jets that you connect to an inlet at the top of the flosser. The blue one is for gentle cleaning. It’s designed to release water at a lower pressure, and it’s what I would recommend using if you’re just starting out with the flosser. The clear-colored tube is for deep cleaning. You really want to be careful if you’re using this with 6 Month Smiles braces for reasons I’ll get into later.

First thing’s first, the manual recommends letting the flosser charge for at least 24 hours before using it. So if you’re having fantasies about tearing into your brand new Waterpik and testing it out right away, you’ll be disappointed (if you’re the kind of person that follows instructions, that is).

After the flosser has charged, there’s a lid behind the jet inlet where you can fill the flosser with water. The inlet for the water jet is moveable, so you can twist and turn the jet however you need to in order to get the tip at the angle at which it’s supposed to be. Point the tip at the spaces of your teeth near the bottom where your tooth starts to meet the gumline. For clarity, I snapped some pics of the diagrams in the manual.

Here’s where the fun part comes. Press the button to turn on the water flosser and watch the magic happen! When you use the Waterpik for the first time, it feels pretty strange. You have water shooting into your mouth at high pressure. If you’re like me and make the mistake of leaving your mouth open with the flosser on, you’re going to get some serious backsplash, and it gets everywhere! If my parents had walked in on me that first day, they would’ve thought my sink had exploded. Long story short, no matter how weird it feels, keep your mouth closed when you use the flosser.

As the water starts to fill, you can do one of two things. You can position yourself over the sink and let the water drain out of the corner of your lips. This works well if you want to floss continuously. My problem with it is I tend to move my head and the Waterpik when I’m flossing, so at the wrong angle, the water would steam down my arm and get all over the flosser or on my clothes. The alternative is letting the water fill in your mouth. When it gets too full, turn the flosser off and spit out the water. And you’ll really know when it’s working then because you’ll see bits of food start to come out of your mouth that you can’t even remember eating!

The manual recommends starting at the back of your mouth and gliding the tip along your gumline to get the spaces in your teeth. You’d start with the outer gumline and then do another run along the inside gumline. When you’re first using the flosser, it may run out of water before you’re finished. You’ll feel the water pressure drop when it’s running low on water. If that happens, just turn off the flosser, fill it up and start again. When you’re done, pour out the leftover water. Remove the water jet from the inlet, and blow out any excess water like you would blow through a straw. Make sure you keep the power socket and the tube inlet dry too. Most of the previous reviews I read about the Waterpik said they tend to crap out quickly if you don’t keep the flosser completely dry after using it.

And finally on to the higher pressure jet. When you’re ready to use this, I strongly recommend doing it very carefully. When they say this thing is meant for deep cleaning, they aren’t kidding. The lower pressure jet was intense enough, but the clear-colored bad boy can cut your gum, your cheeks or even your tonsils if you keep it in one place for too long. It’s that intense! Worse, if you angle it too high, the jet stream of water can rip one of the elastics holding your brackets in place clean off. I first used the high pressure jet, and when I was done, I found one of my elastics had been ripped halfway off. Thankfully, I was able to secure it back on. Otherwise, I would’ve had to pay Dr. Sakeena an emergency visit. If you’re too worried about it after reading this review, just stick with the lower pressure jet. It does the job just fine.

The jury’s still out on the long-term ramifications of the Waterpik. Hopefully, it won’t crap out of me four months from now. For now, I’d have to say the Waterpik WP-360 has been a good investment. What used to be a ten-minute ordeal of threaders and waxed floss has now become a two-minute splash-fest. It’s so easy to pick up the technique and so convenient that it actually makes you floss more often. I used to floss once a day with the threaders (for a few weeks I was doing it twice a day, but then I switched back to once a day), and it was such a grueling task. Especially since it didn’t completely get all the gunk out of my mouth no matter how through I was. This thing is so easy to use that I’m brushing and flossing after every meal except for lunch on weekdays when I’m at work. So on Saturdays and Sundays when I’m at home, I’m brushing and flossing up to three times a day!

So if you’ve got braces, you have around $35 to blow and you’re tired of using those stupid threaders to floss, head over to your local drugstore and pick up a Waterpik WP-360 flosser. I can’t say anything about it’s endurance, but for now, it’s been a pretty good investment. As far as I’m concerned, with all the money I’ve wasted buying threaders, soft picks and dental floss every three-four weeks (not to mention the time I wasted flossing with the threaders), I’d say if this thing even holds out for only six months, it was a good investment, especially for only $30-$40.

Getting Your Morning Fiber

So I hope everyone’s Memorial Day went well. Hope you had lots of BBQ! My family all went to Saltgrass where I had a steak and shrimp meal. I know I probably shouldn’t be eating steak with the braces, but Saltgrass is one of only a few steak places right now that I trust to make the steak right (and by right, I mean tender and juicy!). I’ve been going there for at least 10 years, and they’ve never steered me wrong.

On to the blog, today I’m going to discuss the best time to floss. When doing 6 Month Smiles, your dentist recommends you brush after every meal and floss at least once a day. Lots of people floss at night before they go to bed. I used to floss right after dinner. The problem with flossing at night is that I have a social life. Sometimes I’ll go out with friends or on dates and stay out until midnight and get home at one in the morning. The last thing I want to worry about then is flossing. Or I’ll just have a day where I go without dinner for some reason, and then flossing might slip my mind.

My solution? I started flossing in the morning as well as in the evening, and there were a lot of benefits to it. First of all, it wakes me up. I am not a morning person. I have to set the alarm at an hour and a half before I leave for work because it takes me at least 30 minutes just to roll out of bed! Secondly, if for any reason I didn’t floss at night, I could just make up for it in the morning. Third, I started to notice itty bitty pieces of food that I must have missed flossing the first time (usually in the back). After a while, it became so routine for me to floss in the morning that I stopped flossing at night altogether. I just used the soft picks, brushed and drank mouthwash at night, and then I flossed in the morning. I ended up with better checkups, which made Dr. Sakeena happy, and my teeth started moving as fast as they had been when I first got the braces

So my recommendation is if you’re gonna floss, do it in the morning time, and if you want to floss twice a day, then do it again in the evening. First of all, if for any reason you forget to floss in the evening because you had a long night, you can make up for it in the morning. Also, people have their routine down better in the morning time because they’re getting ready to go somewhere (usually to work and church). My morning routine includes getting out of bed, taking a quick shower, combing my hair, brushing my teeth, washing my face, and now I floss. And I do this every day because I have work in the morning, and I have to follow a schedule so that I won’t be late. On the weekends, I’m usually going out to run errands or to have lunch with someone. Very little is going to keep me from doing my morning routine. Usually, I only skip steps if I’m sick or if I oversleep.

But in the evening time, there are a lot more factors that can prevent you from doing your regular routine. For example, your regular evening routine may involve eating dinner, getting the kids ready for bed (if you’re a parent), brushing your teeth, flossing, drinking mouthwash, taking a bath, getting in your night clothes and going to bed. But sometimes you’ll have those days where so much has gone on, you may skip a step or two. You may be like me and you like to stay out late on a Saturday night and don’t come home until two in the morning. You may have had a long day at work, and you just feel too tired to do anything. You may have a report or a test the next day, so you pull an all-nighter cramming. Or your kid may have had a play or a game that ran long into the night, and you and the entire family are just plum tuckered. Any of these circumstances can interfere with your evening routine. Instead of brushing and flossing, you may only brush. Or you may be so tired you just say, “Screw it! I’ll deal with it in the morning!” and collapse in bed.

So the moral of the story is, make flossing a part of your morning routine (with or without braces) and make flossing in the evenings optional. Since flossing is such an important part of oral care, it makes sense to do it at a time where you’re the most consistent with your routine. And for most people, that’s in the morning. Consider it getting your morning dose of ‘fiber’!

Post Visit Report

Last Wednesday, I had my next follow-up visit (which I had to pay for out of pocket because my COBRA benefits didn’t kick in quick enough—bastards). I also had a little brush with fame. Well, maybe not fame, but I did get to be on TV. PBS Houston, which is broadcast from UH, aired a show called A Conversation on Race. Six African-American civil rights experts participated in a discussion on the civil rights movement in Houston and its effects on the city now. I got to be a member of the studio audience. We didn’t really do anything but watch them talk for an hour, but hey, I figure any time I get to be on TV is pretty cool. I’m hoping they rebroadcast the show, but you can watch at that link I provided.

Anyway, back to my follow-up appointment. The good news is I think I’m one appointment away from being done with the braces. Dr. Sakeena said that if everything looked good next month, I could get fitted for my retainer and have it on the following week. Needless to say, I’m excited. I’m so close to the finish line I can taste it. I’m already picking out restaurants where I’m going to eat all the stuff I couldn’t eat on the braces. I’ll have to do a little more exercising, I guess, to maintain my weight loss.

I’m going to keep hounding the issue of my lower front teeth still being out of alignment because it’s been really bugging me. These two little front teeth are really close to being straight, but waiting for it has been so frustrating. It’s like almost being done with a giant crossword puzzle and being stuck on one or two measly little two-syllable words.

In the midst of my frustration, I’ve figured out something very interesting. My appointments for the most part have always been on a Tuesday or a Wednesday, and as you know, during these appointments, they adjust the wire in your braces based on your progress. What I’ve learned is that on that same day my braces get adjusted each following week my teeth will be in a slightly different place they were from last week. And I would not have noticed this had it not been for this small little imperfection in my bottom front teeth. So since my appointment was on Wednesday, I will be checking my bottom teeth every Wednesday until my next visit to see if there’s been any change.

Another strange thing that happened is: I don’t know if you’ve noticed this in my older pictures, but there was a tiny, barely noticeable hole between my top front teeth. This was because my top front teeth are oddly shaped. I always thought they kind of looked like corn kernels. Well, since they’re now perfectly aligned, Dr. Sakeena decided to do something to get rid of the hole. She took a special tool and filed the area between my two front teeth down until they were even on both ends. Then, she adjusted the wire on my top teeth, which will subtly push everything close together. I’m already seeing some pretty good results. The hole’s closing as we speak. So now when the braces come off and my boyfriend looks at my new straight smile up close, he won’t get distracted by the tiny hole in my top front teeth.

The downside to Dr. Sakeena’s little tactic: she caused me for the first time in the history of my trial with the 6 Month Smiles program to feel pain. At first, it didn’t hurt. But the next day, I woke up with the toothache from hell! As the day went by, the pain spread across my entire top jaw. And you know what the only thing that relieved it was? Those little elastics. For some reason, those elastics put my teeth in a position that relieves the pressure the tight wires caused. Since I started wearing them again, the pain is gone, and I’m back to normal. Now that I’ve been through what all the people who had braces before me warned me about, I’m hoping I never have to endure that brief period of “ouch” for the rest of the program.

That’s all I have to report for now. You can check out my progress in the pictures. Feel free to comment and let me know how you think I’m doing. Who knows? You may notice something I can bring to Dr. Sakeena’s attention next visit. Next week, I’ll reveal a little secret I’ve learned about when’s the best time to floss on 6 Month Smiles. Stay tuned!