How to Floss Your Teeth With Braces: Top Tips and Tricks You Need to Know

little girl smiling with braces

You've brushed, flossed, avoided sweet foods before bedtime and religiously attended your annual dental appointments.

In spite of even the most dedicated dental hygiene practices, biology can hijack anyone into needing braces.

When braces are required, not only does your dental dedication seem thankless, it becomes more complex as you adjust to the contraption in your mouth.

Food gets trapped behind iron bars and toothbrushes no longer reach the familiar places. Insult is added to injury when trying to re-master the art of flossing!

Don't be discouraged. There are plenty of options to choose from when learning to how to floss with braces.

Brace Yourself for the Nuisance

Ever tried threading shoes laces after a dog has chewed them to smithereens?

A similar picture comes to mind when shoving floss threads into the small spaces between the braces wires.

Thankfully, you have more options than the simple thread handed out at most dental offices.

Wax-coating can boost your floss game 100%! The shape and bend of wax floss can be easily manipulated and maintain its form.

Use wax floss to create a taut line that will not bend on its journey through the small spaces between your braces.

Trying to make flossing your child's teeth a more bearable experience for you both?

Floss is sold in many different colors and flavors. Assign each day of the week a different flavor thread or letting your child pick out the color floss that best matches their mood.

Another option that some flossers prefer is dental tape.

If you take a look at dental tape through a Sherlock Holmes style magnifying glass, you notice that it is not cylindrical like regular floss. Instead, dental tape is flat like a ribbon. This allows it to easily slide through tight spaces between teeth.

Additional Tips for How to Floss with Braces

Don't limit yourself to simple floss thread, there are a variety of tools to make the process easier.

A floss threader works the same as those found in a traditional sewing kit. Floss threaders take the guesswork out of whether you've cleared the wires with your dental floss.

For a threadless and slightly more expensive option, the water flosser can be found in most stores that have a dental care section. This device shoots a high-powered stream of water through the crevasses between your teeth to dislodge plaque and food particles.

Another option is the proxy brush. The proxy brush reaches above the wires to clean between teeth. This affordable option is especially helpful when you're in a time crunch.

A word of caution, proxy brushing can be a very painful experience if the brush is too large. The brush should fit comfortably between teeth with little effort.

If your budget allows, avoid wire braces entirely by choosing Invisalign to straighten your smile.

The folks at Battersea Smiles Invisalign are happy to help with any questions you have regarding this comfortable alternative to regular braces.

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