Flossing with braces on can take some getting used to, but it’s well worth it. With braces, you have a higher chance of getting food particles stuck between your teeth, which could result in cavities and even more dental work—probably not what you’d want after getting braces!
So how do you floss with braces? It’s actually not that difficult once you get the hang of it. Give yourself a bit more time in the morning and at night to get the technique down, then you’ll be good to go.
- Use about 18 inches of waxed floss. (Unwaxed shreds and gets caught more easily.)
- Slip the floss through a floss threader, which looks like a giant, flexible needle.
- Using the floss threader, feed the floss underneath the arch wire, then gently move the floss between two teeth at a time. Be sure not to pull too hard around the arch wire.
- Remove the floss and repeat so that all teeth and gums have been flossed.
- Rinse mouth thoroughly with water and/or mouthwash.
See? That wasn’t so bad. And after taking great care of your teeth with braces, you’ll be even more pleased when the day comes for you to get them removed.