Flossing with Braces: A Quick Guide

Post by: / January 15, 2024

Flossing with Braces: A Quick Guide

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Are you currently undergoing orthodontic treatment with braces at Orthodontics by Bradford? Maintaining good oral hygiene during this time is crucial, especially when it comes to flossing. In this article, we’ll provide you with a quick and practical guide on how to floss effectively while wearing braces. Our team at Orthodontics by Bradford is committed to ensuring that your orthodontic journey is a success.

Why Flossing with Braces is Vital:

Flossing plays a significant role in keeping your teeth and gums healthy, and it’s even more crucial when you have braces. Dr. Bradford emphasizes that braces create spaces where food particles and plaque can accumulate, potentially leading to cavities and gum issues. Regular flossing with braces can help prevent these problems, ensuring that your smile remains beautiful throughout your treatment.

Selecting the Right Floss:

Dr. Bradford recommends choosing the right floss when you have braces. We advise using orthodontic waxed floss or dental tape, as they are sturdy and can easily navigate between your wires and brackets. You can find these flossing products at most drugstores or ask Dr. Bradford and our team at Orthodontics by Bradford for recommendations during your visits.

Dr. Bradford’s Step-by-Step Guide to Flossing with Braces:

  • Gather Your Supplies: You’ll need floss, a floss threader or orthodontic flosser, and a mirror.
  • Thread the Floss: Take about 18 inches of floss and thread it through the floss threader or flosser.
  • Insert the Floss: Carefully insert the floss threader or flosser under the archwire of your braces. Dr. Bradford advises being gentle to avoid any damage.
  • Floss Between Teeth: Move the floss up and down between your teeth to remove trapped food particles and plaque. Don’t forget to floss both sides of each tooth.
  • Repeat for Each Tooth: Dr. Bradford recommends repeating this process for all your teeth, taking your time to ensure thorough cleaning.
  • Rinse and Repeat: After flossing, rinse your mouth with water or an antimicrobial mouthwash to remove any remaining debris.
  • Regular Flossing Routine: Dr. Bradford stresses the importance of flossing at least once a day, preferably before bedtime.

Additional Tips from Dr. Bradford:

  • Use a gentle touch to avoid damaging your braces or gums.
  • Always brush your teeth thoroughly after flossing.
  • Consider carrying a travel-sized floss and floss threader for convenience.
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Flossing with braces may take a little practice, but it’s a vital part of maintaining excellent oral hygiene during your orthodontic treatment. Remember, Dr. Bradford and our team at Orthodontics by Bradford are here to support you. If you have questions or need further guidance on flossing with braces, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at our Palm Beach Gardens, Palm City, or Lake Worth locations. Dr. Bradford is dedicated to providing you with the smile you deserve!


This article is for informational purposes only and should not be considered a substitute for professional dental advice. Please consult with our orthodontic experts at Orthodontics by Bradford for personalized guidance.

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