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How to Floss with Braces

We get it, braces make flossing harder. But that doesn’t mean you get to skip it altogether! If you skipped flossing for the duration of your orthodontic treatment, it could do irreparable damage to your teeth. Flossing is an important step in maintaining superb oral health and body wellness.

As you eat, plaque-forming bacteria begins to build up along the gumline and under the gums. If it is allowed to thrive and accumulate, plaque can cause devastating effects such as gum disease, tooth decay, and even eventual tooth loss. Flossing allows you to access those hard-to-reach areas, eradicating the plaque before it wreaks havoc on your teeth and gums. Read on for some tips on flossing with braces.
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String Flossing with Braces

Flossing daily with braces takes extra time and patience, but it will protect you from many painful and expensive oral health issues. Standing in front of your bathroom mirror, take your dental floss and thread it through the space between the wire and your teeth. This should allow you to access the space between your two teeth, then floss that area like normal. After that, unthread the floss from between the teeth and wire and move on to the next area.

When maneuvering the floss you’ll want to be careful to be gentle and precise so as not to tangle the floss, get it caught in the brackets, or damage your braces. You may find that floss threaders can make this process a bit less time-consuming.

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Try a Water Flosser

Many braces-wearers find a water flosser a useful tool. It is an alternative to traditional string flossing that delivers a pressurized stream of water. This stream of water blasts food particles and debris out from around your brackets, between your teeth, and under your gumline.

Still Having Trouble? We Can Help!

If you’re still struggling to master the art of flossing with braces, come visit us. Here at Meason Orthodontics, we’re pros–we can help you figure it out.

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