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Flossing With Braces Philadelphia, PA
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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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!

Posted on behalf of Broad Street Braces

1819 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA , 19148

Phone: (215) 234-3030


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Our Patient Reviews

Broad Street Braces

5.0 / 5.0

Based on 387 reviews

Felicia W

Excellent staff, excellent service with trusty expertise. It was overall a great experience for my son and myself. We are highly satisfied with all the services performed today.

Alisa O

I am pleased with this Orthodontist location because they are very prompt with appointments. It's never a long wait. The staff is kind and willing to fix misunderstandings quickly. They actually play relaxing music in the office. My favorite staff member is Trinh because she answers questions gracefully. Trinh always greets me with a smile. Glad I chose this dental office.

Phuong H

Really nice office. Very clean and modern. Everyone is friendly, especially Trinh. She is great. Love taking my son here.

Refie H

The staff is really friendly, very satisfied with the service. The place is cozy, and also clean, seriously I recommend it to anyone who wanted to have the braces on

Kevin A

My mom received THE BEST service here. Consultations & visits were a breeze & the staff was always so kind. Their bilingual employee, Sara, was very helpful because my mom only speaks Spanish.

Hung C

This is my son’s first time here. This Office is very nice and very professional. Great service. Mrs. Trinh did an excellent job helping us translate Vietnamese. She is really nice and did a great job! Thank you so much!

Angela D

Great experience!! welcoming and good at what they do. Ask for amanda- she's the best!

Thang N

Many friends told me that Trinh always does a great job and I am very lucky today to have her put my braces on! They look great. I am looking forward to coming back for my second appoinment. The treatment coordinator, Rachel is very friendly and welcoming. She is awesome. I would recommend anyone who is interested in braces to come to Broad Street Braces. You would love Dr. Neil!