You have been brushing and flossing your teeth for your entire life. But as soon as your brackets get attached to your teeth, you will realize you need to learn how to floss your teeth with braces, which is a completely different challenge.
Flossing with braces may require different equipment and a little more patience, but you can get the hang of it. Follow these tips for flossing to make your life easier.
Get New Flossing Tools
You won’t be able to simply thread floss through your teeth anymore. You may find it easier to use other tools, such as a floss pick or orthodontic floss threader, to do your flossing. These tools can get between your braces much more easily. You can maneuver them around the brackets to ensure you get a thorough cleaning.
Make sure you continue to hit the gum line when you floss to get a thorough cleaning. While it may be more difficult, this is where bacteria and plaque breed, and you need to clean out small food particles that can build up.
Use Waxed Floss When You Have Braces
It’s a simple fact of having braces that the floss will catch on the metal edges and may even shred the floss you use. But when you use waxed floss, it’s less likely to catch. You can thread in and out of teeth easier when the floss isn’t snagging as much.
Dedicate More Time to Flossing
You already know the expression “practice makes perfect.” Well, it’s going to take time to perfect your new manner of flossing. It’s harder to get in between your brackets and up around the teeth roots. Give yourself more time each morning and evening to get into practice. You won’t learn how to do it in a day, a week or probably even a month. But you will master the technique eventually with patience and dedication.
Assist Younger Kids With Their Flossing
Kids get braces at young ages these days, and sometimes they are not old enough to floss entirely by themselves. Be sure to inspect their braces daily to see if food has built up. Show them techniques for flossing and model the habit for them. If they see you doing it, they are more likely to keep up with it themselves.
How to Clean Invisalign
If you have Invisalign, you face a different set of challenges. You can remove them in order to brush and floss your teeth as you normally would. But you have to clean the Invisalign trays before returning them to your mouth. Follow these steps:
- Rinse off the aligners every time you remove them
- Soak them regularly in denture cleaner
- Brush them with a soft toothbrush and anti-bacterial soap, and then rinse thoroughly
Get in Touch With Uniquely You Orthodontics for More Flossing With Braces Advice
Still feel uncertain about how to clean your braces? Uniquely You Orthodontics can answer your questions and give you a demonstration on the best way to get your teeth clean. Contact us today to discuss braces and flossing.