Whether you’ve been flossing regularly every day or are just getting started, learning how to floss with braces is vital to your oral health.
Because braces can get food caught in them much easier and thus build up bacteria in your mouth, you need to floss every day. Braces also make this tricky though, so to help you through it we’ve put together a simple guide below on how to floss with braces.
How to Floss With Braces Using Regular Flossing
If you have the capacity to devote a little extra time to flossing each morning you can simply use floss on its own. You’ll also save a little bit of money by flossing this way. In addition, it helps to stand in front of a mirror to help you a little more.
Here’s a step-by-step guide on flossing just using floss:
- Pull out and cut an 18-24 inch piece of floss.
- Thread the floss between the main wire and your teeth.
- Gently press the floss between the two teeth and slide the floss up and down along the sides of both teeth.
- Once completed, gently unthread the floss from behind your braces’ wire. Be careful to not yank the floss out. You could accidentally hit the wire and pop it out of the bracket.
- Repeat steps 2-5 until all your teeth have been flossed.
How to Floss Using a Floss Threader
This is one of the most common ways to floss when you have braces as it takes less time to floss all of your teeth. A floss threader is a small, typically plastic tool that makes it easier to pull floss behind the wire of your braces.
Your orthodontist may provide you with one, but otherwise, you can find them in drug stores or the pharmacy at grocery stores.
Here’s a step-by-step guide on flossing using a floss threader:
- Pull out and cut a 18-24 inch piece of floss and carefully thread it through the “eye” of the floss threader.
- Insert the point of the plastic needle under the wire of your braces. Gently pull the floss through the wire.
- Adjust your grip and gently press the floss between the two teeth and slide the floss up and down along the sides of both teeth as you would normally.
- Once completed, gently unthread the floss from behind your braces’ wire. Again, be careful to not yank the floss out so you don’t hit the wire and pop off one of your braces brackets.
- Rethread your floss threader.
- Repeat steps 2-6 until all of your teeth have been flossed.
If neither of these methods works for you, there are several other options. You can use dental tape, a Waterpik, or an oral irrigator. All are effective ways to ensure your smile is as happy and healthy as possible.