You have heard it your whole life from your dentist: “Floss your teeth every day.” Whether you were an avid flosser before you had braces put on or not, you may be wondering how in the world you will floss now that you have braces. Surprisingly, flossing with braces is not quite as difficult as you may expect it to be.
But it is highly important that you do it!
Flossing helps to remove damaging plaque from the gumline of your smile. If plaque is not removed, tiny bacteria will reap havoc on your oral health – which is not what you want when you are trying to achieve a beautiful smile. There are two methods to help you keep your gumline free of plaque while you are undergoing orthodontic treatment with braces.
- Use what are known as “Flossers.” These plastic, one-use devices are made specifically for those wearing braces. They are very similar to what your dentist may have given you as a young child to encourage you to floss. Flossers made for use with braces have one very small side so that the spatula end of the flosser fits under your arch wire. This allows you to floss in between brackets. These small devices are relatively cheap and are available at most drug stores.
- The second option is known as a “Floss Threader.” This option is not quite as easy as a flosser, but it is always beneficial to have these on hand in case you run out of flossers. A floss threader is a small loop that can be paired with any rolled floss. The floss threader allows dental floss to pass between the teeth to remove plaque buildup from the gum line. While floss threaders do take more time (and require a little patience at first), they are great to have on hand.
- Use a mouthwash at least once a day. Mouthwash is a great tool for helping to remove food particles that have become stuck in your braces. Flossing loosens the food particles, and using mouthwash after flossing will keep your teeth as clean as possible throughout your orthodontic treatment.
At Broad Street Braces, we want everyone to achieve a beautiful smile that lasts. Taking good care of your teeth while you wear braces is essential!