Flossing is especially important when you wear braces, but it can be difficult. The traditional approach to string flossing won’t work because the arch wire blocks access to the areas between teeth and near the gumline—where plaque builds up most. To clean around braces, using a dental floss threader can help.
Shaped like a big sewing needle, disposable floss threaders are available with small and large loops, or curved handles. Choose the one you like best.
The type of floss you choose matters more. Waxed floss is better for flossing with braces because it slides easily between teeth. It also won’t snag as easily on braces brackets and hardware the way unwaxed floss, dental tape, or thick specialty flosses can.
Start with a disposable floss threader and about 18 inches of floss. Then, follow these steps:
If string flossing with a threader is too difficult and keeps you from flossing daily, Water Flossing may be right for you. All Waterpik® Water Flossers hold the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance, and they’re clinically proven to remove three times more plaque around braces than string flossing. It’s the faster, easier, more effective way to floss with braces!