How to floss with braces
In order to maintain gum health and keep your mouth clean, regular flossing is essential even while undergoing orthodontic treatment. However, flossing with braces can be a challenge. To learn how to floss with braces and take the best possible care of your teeth, follow the flossing tips below.
Use a substantial amount of floss.
When flossing with braces, you may need to use more floss than usual. In general, it is easiest to use a string at least 18 inches in length each time you floss your teeth.
Use wax floss.
Wax floss is the best choice for someone flossing with braces. Unwaxed floss is more likely to get caught on the wires of your braces, while wax floss will guide past these wires easily.
Thread floss carefully.
Because of the wires of your braces, you won’t be able to floss using the same method you would have used before. Instead, you will need to thread the floss under the wire before using it to clean between your teeth. If you cannot thread the floss by hand, use self-threading floss or a threader with regular floss. You will need to rethread the floss for each pair of teeth.
Floss once daily.
For the best results, floss once daily to remove the food that has collected between your teeth throughout the day.
Move floss gently.
When learning how to floss with braces, you’ll have to practice no snapping the floss. Instead, move it up and down gently between each pair of teeth.
6. Get help from a parent.
Younger children with braces may not be able to floss effectively on their own. If flossing is too difficult, parents can help children with this process.
Learning how to floss with braces is important for any child, teen or adult undergoing orthodontic treatment. By following these tips, you can floss your teeth effectively in spite of the braces. Please contact us at Roeder Orthodontics today for more tips, schedule a consultation or to make an appointment.