The Best Ways to Floss with Braces

Flossing in general can often seem like a long and tedious task, with few visible results. When you floss with braces, this process only becomes more complicated. The problem is, the more that you neglect to floss your teeth, the more plaque and food will build up, only leading to sensitive and inflamed gums and the possibility of cavity and tooth decay. Especially when you have braces, it can be difficult to reach all of your teeth even with a toothbrush, allowing for a greater plaque and food buildup in your teeth.

Here are some different techniques you can use to floss with braces…

General Flossing with Braces Tips


Brush Thoroughly. To start, you should be thorough with your brushing. Brush underneath the wire as well as over it to make sure you aren’t missing portions of your teeth.

Use Waxed Floss. With so many pieces of metal in your teeth, it’s easy for floss to get caught. Waxed floss is more slippery and will prevent the floss from getting stuck.

Take Your Time. Flossing with braces can be time consuming. For some it can take only a few minutes but, for others, it may take up to fifteen. Rushing through the process will likely leave behind plaque buildup that can result in cavities.

Beware of Bleeding Gums. If every time you floss, you notice your gums are starting to bleed, you could be flossing too hard. Talk to your dentist to see if you can come up with a solution.



Ways to Floss with Braces:


Regular Dental Floss

For a lot of people, the easiest way to floss is to floss the way they know with good old fashioned dental floss. The tricky part is that you have to get it underneath the wire to really get to the root of the problem.

First, you’ll need to thread the floss underneath the wire. Then, wrap the floss around your index fingers on both hands and fit the floss in between your teeth. It might be a tight fit, but that isnothing to worry about. Your teeth are constantly moving with braces so it is natural that in a few places the floss might be a little more difficult to get in.

Once the floss is in, proceed the way you normally would. Be efficient in cleaning both sides of your teeth. Even if it feels like nothing is happen, every sweep the floss takes past your teeth is removing a little bit of plaque that has been building up.

Take care when removing the floss to make sure that it doesn’t catch on your braces before continuing the same process for each tooth.


A Floss Threader

Having to thread the floss underneath the wire every time you try to floss can be difficult. A floss threader is a plastic disposable tool that can make that easier on you. First, thread the 

piece of floss through the eye of the threader, similar to feeding thread into a sewing needle. Then, insert the needle under the wire and grab it on the other end. From there you can proceed as normal, fitting the floss between your teeth to clean before repeating the process on the next tooth.


A Water Flosser

Another option you can consider allows you to abandon floss altogether. A water flosser allows you to shoot a narrow stream of water at your teeth and it will remove the food and plaque for you.

To use, you simply have to fill the flosser up to the line in the reservoir, adding mouthwash if you want a better clean. From there you have to aim the water at your teeth, press the handle, and the water will do the rest. There is a dial on the flosser that will allow you to adjust the pressure if it is too hard or weak but it

 is recommended that to start you set the dial on high.

A water flosser is also beneficial to your mouth as a whole because it stimulates your gums and can reduce inflammation.

Floss with the Best

If you want to know more about flossing, you can reach our Friendly Dental of Worcester office at (508) 340-4611, our Unique Dental of Worcester office at (508) 556-6241, our Taunton Dental Center office at (508) 659-, and our Uxbridge Family Dental office at (508) 714-7046.

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