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How Am I Supposed to Floss While Wearing Braces?

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“Floss, floss, floss” may be all you hear at every single dental appointment!

But how do you floss when the spaces between your teeth are blocked off with a wire?

It may take a little more effort, but with the right tools and a little determination, you can successfully floss your way to a healthier smile. Even while in braces! In fact, flossing is especially important while you’re in braces.

Floss Threaders

Floss threaders are slim, flexible, plastic, needle-like aids. They have a large eye, or loop, at one end through which you thread regular floss. Use the needle part to pull the regular floss in behind the wire. Now you should be able to use the floss as usual, gently moving it up and down against the side of each tooth.

Orthodontic Flosser

One company makes a unique disposable flosser. This plastic pick has an end that scoots right under the wire so you can move the flosser around to clean. This eliminates messy strings and threading!

Water Flosser

A device that uses water to clean is becoming more popular among those who wear braces as well as those who don’t. The flosser cuts out the need to buy floss often and get you hands tangled up in floss. It’s also fantastic for blasting sticky plaque away from around the brackets.

The best flossing device is the one you’ll use! If you’re wearing braces right now, go ahead and experiment with a variety of flossing aids. The one that you find easiest and most comfortable will encourage you to get your daily flossing in. Great hygiene while wearing braces will make sure your smile shines when they come off. At your next appointment, ask your dentist for more suggestions!

Posted on behalf of:
Springfield Lorton Dental Group
5419-C Backlick Rd
Springfield, VA 22151
(703) 256-8554

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