Tips And Tricks For Flossing With Braces

Tips And Tricks For Flossing With Braces
Posted on 08/06/2018

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Flossing With BracesAt Orthodontically Yours, our highly skilled team of orthodontists and staff are committed to providing the best in orthodontic care to you and your family. We provide a wide variety of orthodontic treatments, like SmartClip and clear braces, and are proud to be a provider for Invisalign in Thornhill and Mississauga, ON. As orthodontic specialists, our team knows that a good oral hygiene regimen is imperative to maintaining a healthy, great looking smile — but sometimes orthodontic treatments like braces can make it difficult to properly clean your teeth. That’s why we’ve collected these helpful tips and tricks for you to make flossing with braces easier.

Use Wax Coated Floss

Having wax coated floss on hand will make the flossing process with braces go much more smoothly — no pun intended! Non-waxed floss will be much more likely to catch on the brackets of your braces, getting hung up and leaving behind pieces of the string. Waxed floss will be much less likely to catch, so it can maneuver around your brackets and teeth more easily. Although flossing with braces typically takes about three times longer, the benefits far outweigh the time spent flossing, and using the right kind of floss will help hurry the process along.

Use a Water Flosser

Also referred to as a “water irrigator,” water flossers are commonly recommended by dentists and orthodontists to patients with braces to help supplement flossing with waxed floss. A water flosser uses a thin, pressurized stream of water to help remove food particles and plaque from between teeth or around braces. For an added anti-bacterial benefit, you can also add mouthwash to the water flosser’s water reservoir before using. Just remember — a water flosser isn’t recommended to be used in place of regular flossing, but it can certainly help remove food from difficult-to-reach areas of the mouth, as well as provide a nice massage to your gums.

Use Floss Threaders

Floss threaders, which look sort of like flexible, plastic needles, are great for helping guide string floss around the wires of your braces. Simply thread the floss through the large loop at the top of the threader, then use it to guide the floss around wires, teeth, and brackets, flossing as you normally would.

Use Proxy Brushes

Proxy brushes are excellent tools when precision flossing is needed. A proxy brush is a very small, flexible, and pointed brush that can be used to clean around brackets and wires. They aren’t able to clean between the teeth, so they’re still no substitute for flossing, but they are great for removing stubborn pieces of food from around your braces. Proxy brushes aren’t sold in every drugstore, so if you’re having difficulty locating some, speak to your dentist or orthodontist in Mississauga and Thornhill, ON.

Help Younger Children Floss

If you have a younger child with braces, they may lack the dexterity needed to properly floss behind braces wires, so it may be necessary to help them floss until they grow more used to flossing with braces. Teaching your child good flossing habits and utilizing some of the above-mentioned tools can also help make the process quicker and easier for you and your child.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Thornhill and Mississauga Orthodontics Provider

Developing good flossing habits, with or without braces, is an important oral hygiene habit that should be instilled as early as possible in life. As your trusted Mississauga and Thornhill orthodontics provider, the team at Orthodontically Yours can provide you with supplies, tips, and tricks to care for your smile while undergoing orthodontic treatment. If you have questions about braces or Invisalign in Thornhill and Mississauga, ON, contact us today or schedule your appointment now! We look forward to hearing from you!