Flossing with Braces

Flossing after you brush your teeth is important to your dental health. It helps keep your teeth clean, remove lingering foods particles and accumulated tartar. Although flossing is an important aspect of our oral hygiene, most people with Invisalign braces find it difficult to floss.

Dental professionals advise people to always floss during their orthodontic treatment because flossing is as important as brushing the teeth during any orthodontic treatment to help you have a healthy smile. You can floss both your braces and teeth while wearing braces with a wax-covered thread. Although flossing with braces takes more time, try not to skip the process daily. Flossing properly involves scrubbing even the hard-to-reach areas that you may have missed while brushing.

Anyone wearing braces needs an interproximal toothbrush to clean under the archwires and around the brackets. Using an interproximal brush makes cleaning the teeth while wearing braces easier and faster. However, you must also have a proper flossing technique if you want your teeth to remain healthy and clean during and after your London invisalign treatment.

Flossing techniques

The following flossing techniques should help you floss correctly while wearing braces.

  • Use a floss thread to remove dirt

If you want to remove dirt between your teeth, hold the floss thread tightly with your hands, then insert the floss thread between your teeth gaps. Scrub around the teeth gently. Ensure you clean one tooth at a time before moving to the next. Try not to put excess pressure on your teeth to avoid damaging them.

It is best to use lukewarm water, by swishing it in your mouth for about 2- 3 minutes while wearing braces because it makes flossing your teeth easier. The lukewarm water helps to remove the plaque deposited between your teeth.

  • Use water flosser

Most dentists recommend water floss for patients wearing braces. When using the water flosser to clean our teeth, make sure you fill the water reservoir, so you have an increased pressure from the water flosser to dislodge lingering dirt.

Water flosser removes bacteria and particles between the teeth. You need excess water to help flush out bacteria that are in hard-to-reach areas. You can also use water flosser for gum re-establishment and incitement.

Start flossing from the back teeth

Whenever you floss, ensure you start from your back teeth. This makes it easier to remove the food particles and dirt that you cannot see. After flossing your back teeth, you can gradually work your way to the teeth in front because removing dirt from the front teeth is easier. Try not to put excess pressure on your teeth while flossing to avoid damaging your enamel.

Use dental tapes if a floss thread is painful

Using a floss thread is usually painful and difficult for people wearing braces. This is especially true for people who did not floss regularly before getting braces. When you apply too much pressure while flossing your braces and teeth, the unhealthy gums will bleed and swell. You can opt for dental tape instead of floss thread.

A dental tape is a smooth, spongy, and ultrathin floss, making it easy to clean between the teeth.

Takeaway

Flossing is important, whether you are wearing braces or not because it helps maintain your oral hygiene. Generally, it is easy to floss without braces, but you may find it hard to reach certain areas of your teeth with braces.

The flossing techniques above should help you floss properly and make the process easier if you have braces to prevent gum, teeth and braces damage.