Flossing can be tricky when you have braces, but it's important to keep your gums healthy during treatment. So, we've compiled these instructions and tips to help you floss with braces.
Oral Hygiene & Braces
Good oral hygiene becomes extra important when you have braces. There are many nooks and crannies where food can get trapped and bacteria begins to build.
If this buildup isn't cleaned off, the result can be dental decay and gum disease. These, in turn, can have a long-term impact on your orthodontic treatment.
How to Floss With Braces
Flossing with braces can be time-consuming and so, requires patience. But because it is so important to your oral health, you must take time to get it right.
To floss with braces, follow these steps.
- Choose a waxed dental floss (unwaxed floss is more likely to get caught and fray or tear on your braces)
- Cut off about 18 inches of floss
- Thread the floss carefully UNDER the main wire of the braces, and then pass it between your teeth
- Move the floss up and down the sides of both teeth, making a “U” shape in both directions
- Remove the floss, and then re-thread it under the main wire, and pass it between then next set of teeth
This is more than likely going to be a bit difficult at first, but you’ll soon get the hang of it and start moving along much faster. Until then, take your time and remember: practice makes perfect!