Yes, you do need to floss when you have braces; in fact, flossing with braces might even been more important than flossing without braces! But, we do understand that flossing with braces might be a little more difficult than you imagined, which is why we are happy to help you successfully floss your beautiful and healthy smile by providing these five simple flossing steps:
1. Thread one end of the floss under the main wire of the appliance.
2. Use your thumbs and index fingers to gently push the floss between your two teeth.
3. Slide the floss along the sides of your teeth and remove any object or food substance that is stuck. This process helps reduce the chances of having gum disease and tooth decay in the future.
4. When the crevice between your two teeth is clean, pull the floss out from between your two teeth and pull one end of the floss to bring it out from underneath the wire.
5. Repeat this process between each tooth, but make sure to use a new section of floss as you move from tooth to tooth.
This flossing technique might take a little bit longer than your traditional flossing technique would, but that is completely normal and definitely worth it. If you don’t floss while you have braces, the food that gets stuck between your teeth can easily create tooth decay and other major dental problems. To help make flossing easier, your orthodontist will give you the tools and tips you need to care for your smile and floss properly. If you have any questions or if you need additional help with flossing, we invite you to call our office today and talk to a member of our friendly orthodontic team. We are more than happy to help you!