Many people aren’t quite sure how to floss with braces, and some people actually think that they don’t need to floss when they have braces. Well, this blog is to here to teach you how to floss while you have braces and to also teach you how important flossing is while you proceed through your orthodontic treatment!
Yes, you still need to floss while you have braces; in fact, it is almost more important to floss while you have braces than it is to floss without braces. This is because there is a higher chance that you will get cavities because of the food particles that often get stuck on or around the wires and brackets of the appliance. So, make sure you floss your smile as much as possible as you go throughout your day.
Now, when it comes to the flossing technique, it’s not as difficult as you may think. When you first get braces, your orthodontist will provide tools that will make flossing easier. When you floss with braces, expect to spend more time flossing, but don’t worry—it’s worth the time. Flossing can beautify your smile as well as reduce your chances of having gum disease. Now, when you floss, use about 18 inches of waxed floss and thread one end between the space between the wire and your teeth. The tools your orthodontist gives you should help you easily thread the floss through the braces. Then, gently push the floss between your teeth using your thumbs and index fingers. Slide the floss alongside each tooth and free any substance that is stuck there. When you are done cleaning that crevice, remove the floss from between your teeth and pull one end of the floss to bring the string out of the space between your teeth and braces. Make sure you repeat this process between each tooth and use a clean section of floss as you move from tooth to tooth.
If you have any questions about flossing with braces, call our office now and ask our friendly orthodontic team! We look forward to hearing from you.