How To Floss With Braces

How To Floss With Braces
Posted on 08/27/2019
How To Floss With Braces

Braces do many things to improve your oral health, including giving you a straight smile, help with correcting jaw position, as well as improving speech issues and any difficulty with chewing.

To ensure you have a beautiful and healthy smile when the braces are removed, it is imperative that you practice good oral hygiene. Braces can trap food, sugar, and liquid after eating, so regular brushing and flossing are very important.

Flossing can be a bit tricky when you have braces, but with these tips from your Sandton orthodontist, you’ll be flossing like a pro in no time.

Use Wax Floss

It is best to use waxed floss when you have braces because the wax layer helps the floss flow smoothly between your braces, unlike unwaxed floss which can get stuck, fray, or even break.

  • Take a piece of floss that is about 12 to 18 inches long
  • With one hand, thread one end of the floss between your brace wire while grasping the other end of the floss as it comes through the other side.
  • Gently push one end of the floss between your teeth and slide the floss back and forth between your teeth from your gums to the top of your teeth. Make sure you floss gently so that you don’t tug on the braces.
  • Unthread the floss from your teeth by dropping one end of the floss and pulling the other end all the way through your teeth. And then repeat this process between each tooth.

Use a Floss Threader

A floss threader can make flossing easier when you have braces because it has a loop on the end to pull the floss through your braces and between your teeth.

  • Using the same length of floss, pull the floss through the loop end of the threader until you have two equal lengths of the floss on each side of the loop.
  • Insert the straight end of the threader through the brace wire with one hand, and then pull the threader loop with the floss between your teeth, flossing back and forth from the gum to the top of your teeth.
  • Because you are flossing with two strands of floss, you will get a deeper clean using the threader.

Schedule a Visit With Your Sandton Orthodontist Today

At Choonara Orthodontics, we work with all of our patients to help teach proper oral hygiene while they have braces. If you are looking for a trusted orthodontist in Sandton, please contact us or request an appointment, and our office will contact you to schedule a consultation.