It’s important to floss every night after brushing, even though it seems like a pain. This is because braces are notorious for trapping food, even if you think you’ve brushed it all away.
Because of the difficulty of flossing around wires,
ordinary floss alone won’t work with braces.
You need to use a special “threader floss” with a stiff end that allows you to thread the floss between your brackets. You can also use regular floss combined with a separate plastic floss threader.
To floss around braces:
- Insert the floss under the wire, over the space between two teeth. Push the floss halfway through, then grasp both ends of the floss with your fingers.
- Gently work the floss back and forth between each tooth a few times.
- When you reach the gum line, curve the floss into a “C” shape.
- Make sure to floss below the gum line using a gentle up-and-down motion.
- Carefully pull the floss out, thread it under the next wire, and repeat.
Your gums may bleed for the first week, but this is normal. They will toughen up with regular flossing. The entire flossing process may take 15 or 20 minutes at first, but you can do it while listening to music or watching TV, and you’ll get faster with practice.
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