Braces are one of the— if not THE— best way to straighten your teeth and align your jaw. And although braces can do wonders, a lot of patients complain because food gets lodged in between their brackets and they aren’t able to properly floss. And although you may want to give up on flossing for the entire time you have to wear braces for, that can only lead to cavities and tooth decay. So, how can you properly floss with braces?
Step 1: Choose the Right Floss
You may not realize it, but there are different types of floss. Primarily, you can choose between waxed and unwaxed dental floss. When you have braces, make sure that you choose waxed floss because it will slide more easily between your teeth and wires.
Step 2: Get a Floss Threader
A floss threader looks like a sewing needle, but it is made out of a thin, flexible plastic material. To use a floss threader, use it like you would a needle and thread it with floss and weave it under your wires and in between each of your teeth.
Step 3: Be Patient
Learning to floss with braces may take you more than one or two tries until you can get it right. If you get frustrated, try the next day again— just make sure you don’t give up, it just requires a bit more patience.
Step 4: Rinse
In between each row of teeth you are flossing, make sure to rinse your mouth with either water or mouthwash— this will help loosen any food or plaque that’s trapped in between your wires, brackets, or teeth.
Learning to floss with braces, can feel like a real game changer. If you just can’t get the hang of it, consider using a water flosser instead. By using pressurized water, a water flosser can get in between your braces without you having to even pick up regular floss.
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