When you have braces, it may be difficult to figure out how to floss with those wires, brackets, bands, and appliances getting in the way. It is important that you don’t neglect flossing, however, in order to keep your gums and teeth healthy. Flossing is especially important while you’re wearing braces because it can easy for food particles to become trapped in your teeth, which can lead to cavities and gum disease. If you are diligent about flossing while you wear braces, you will keep your mouth healthy and your smile will look that much better once your braces are removed.
There are many tips and tricks you can use to help you floss while wearing braces. We have outlined a few of these steps you can follow to help make flossing a breeze:
Use Waxed Floss
Waxed flosses are less likely to get caught in your braces or tear when they come into contact with the metal braces.
Carefully Thread the Floss
When using floss with braces, you should thread the floss under the wire before passing it between your teeth. There is a special tool that you can use called a floss threader that can help if this is difficult!
Use a Special Brush
There is a special type of brush you can use called a proxy brush that somewhat resembles a Christmas tree. The bristles on this brush are great for getting under the wire and between your teeth.
Use a Water Flosser
Another great option for flossing when you have braces is to use a water flosser. These flossers can be fixed with a special orthodontic tip on them that is designed to remove food particles and bacteria from your braces and between your teeth. Using a water flosser is much easier than threading the floss between each bracket.
If you are having trouble flossing while wearing your braces, or if you would like more tips on how to successfully care for your teeth, our friendly team at Pierson Orthodontics is happy to help.