3 Tips to Make Flossing with Braces Easier

Flossing can be challenging for people who are wearing braces. Check out these 3 tips to make flossing with braces easier which will help teeth to stay healthy while they’re being straightened.

Use the Right Tool
Using floss on teeth with braces is difficult and frustrating. Sliding the floss between the teeth above the wire is a bit like threading a needle. An orthodontic floss threader is an inexpensive and disposable tool available in nearly any store that sells toothbrushes and toothpaste. It is indispensable when flossing teeth with braces because it allows you to pull the floss through the teeth above the wire and reach the gum line. Source: http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/cosmetic-dentistry/early-orthodontics/article/sw-281474979036806

Figure out the Proper Flossing Technique
Flossing can be downright impossible on those back molars, so take it slowly. After a while, you’ll figure out a technique or two, and it will go faster. (For example, using your finger to guide the floss threader so it doesn’t get stuck under your lips). Ask your orthodontist how often you should floss. Maybe you’ll only have to do it a couple of times a week! And by the way, if you have any small gaps between your molars (or if you develop any gaps in the course of your treatment), be especially diligent about flossing those areas. Foods (especially shreds of meat) get stuck in small gaps very easily, and often aren’t revealed until you floss! Source: http://www.archwired.com/4-Living_with_braces_on_your_teeth.htm

Help Younger Children Floss
Young children that wear braces are not expected to floss on their own as they lack the dexterity required to do it properly. Parents need to do it for them in many cases. This can be quite difficult, especially if a child is unable to sit still. The parent must come up with a way to keep the child occupied, such as sitting where he/she can watch television. Source: http://www.waterflosserhq.com/a-guide-to-flossing-with-braces/

Orthodontic care is important in maintaining a healthy smile. If you want to know more about orthodontic treatments, please give us a call.

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Lee’s Summit, MO 64064
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