Braces FAQ: Flossing with Braces

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Yes, even if you have braces, you still need to floss! In fact, maintaining good oral hygiene is more important while you have braces, as its easier for food to get caught in the brackets and wires, causing cavities and discomfort.


When flossing with braces, it will be easier if you use a floss threader. we have them available at our office, or you can find them at any drug store. A floss threader is a small, plastic needle that will help you floss between the wires and your teeth. Thread a 12-to-18-inch piece of floss onto the needle, and use the needle to get the floss easily behind the wires.


Once the floss is behind the wires, use your hands to manipulate the floss. Move it up and down along the wires to remove food particles.


Floss between your teeth as you normally would without braces. Move the floss up and down between your teeth, using a clean section of floss for each tooth.


If there are areas that are too hard to reach, using a water pik is a great way to release trapped food particles!

Posted on May 12, 2017 in Uncategorized

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