How to Floss with Braces On


Flossing is an important part of every person’s daily teeth cleaning routine. Dr. Atoosa Nikaeen recommends patients to floss at least once a day. However, what we find at times is that some people who wear braces do not floss at all possibly because they do not know how to go about doing it properly.

Fortunately, there is an alternative to traditional flossing – Waterpik Water Flosser. Some may recognize Waterpik Water Flosser as an instrument that is used mostly by dentists. It is clinically proven to work, especially for people with braces, without having to worry about bleeding gums or breakage of the braces.

But for our patients looking for advice on traditional flossing read on as we highlight some important techniques on how to floss with braces.

1. Use a Floss Threader
If you have difficulty getting the floss in between your teeth, then try using a floss threader. It resembles sewing with a needle, so the end of the floss is put through its eye and easily slid between the teeth, thereby making it easy to reach all over.

2. Use waxed floss
Using non-waxed floss can be more difficult and may break off on your braces. Waxed floss, on the other hand, slides easily in and out without any problems.

3. Choose the right floss
If you do your research, you will find that there are many different types of flosses with differing stiffness and thickness. So, if you find that regular floss catches and breaks on your braces, then you should use Super Floss which is much stiffer and stronger. Alternatively, you can also try tape floss, if you prefer.

Remember, flossing is a crucial part of oral hygiene. For more information on flossing or general dental care, contact our office at (310) 444-1113.

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