Flossing can be one of the trickiest things to master when you first get your braces! But it's an important part of keeping your teeth and gums healthy during treatment, so we've compiled these instructions and tips to help you floss effectively with braces.
Oral Hygiene & Braces
A good oral hygiene routine is extremely important no matter much, but it becomes even more so when you have braces, because there are so many more nooks and crannies for food debris and bacteria to build up in.
When this buildup isn’t cleaned off on a regular basis, 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 is time-consuming, and requires patience. It can't be helped. But since it’s so important to your oral health, you must take the time to get it right. You’ll be glad you did!
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!