How To Floss with Braces

How To Floss with Braces

Flossing can be one of the trickiest things to master when you first get braces! Here are some instructions and tips on how to effectively floss with braces, to keep your teeth and gums healthy during treatment.

Oral Hygiene & Braces

Good oral hygiene is extremely important when it comes to keeping your teeth healthy, and it becomes even more so when you have braces.

Braces have a way of catching and hanging onto food particles and debris. When this isn’t cleaned off quickly and thoroughly, it can lead to dental decay and gum disease. These dental health issues, in turn, can have a long term negative effect on your orthodontic treatment as well.

For these reasons, maintaining a really thorough brushing and flossing routine becomes doubly important when you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment.

How to Floss With Braces

There’s no two ways about it: flossing with braces is a time-consuming procedure, and it takes patience. But it’s so important to your oral health, so please be sure to take the time to get it right. You’ll be glad you did!

To floss with braces, follow these steps.

  • Use a waxed floss, since unwaxed floss is more likely to get caught and fray or tear on your braces.
  • Cut about 18 inches of floss
  • Take up your floss and thread it carefully UNDER the main wire of the  braces, before passing 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 may be a bit fiddly at first, but you’ll soon get the hang of it, and be able to move along much faster. Until then, take your time and remember: practice makes perfect!

For more tips and information about oral hygiene during orthodontic treatment, contact the Ridge Meadows Orthodontics team.

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