How To Floss With Braces

How To Floss With Braces

There is an opinion that the use of dental floss (floss) during bite correction with braces can damage the structure.

This is fundamentally wrong.
For people with braces, it is not only possible but necessary to use dental floss to avoid periodontal inflammation and deterioration of overall oral health. It is necessary to clean your teeth with floss immediately after each meal, since food particles stuck in the teeth begin to decompose within a few minutes, being a good breeding ground for pathogenic bacteria. If this is not possible, then floss should be used at least three times a day.

How to properly floss your teeth?

The technique of cleaning teeth and elements of bracket systems with floss caused a lot of discussion among dental hygienists. It is significantly different from brushing your teeth without construction and takes much longer. Many techniques have been proposed, but recently they have been thoroughly analyzed, and on their basis, a single, correct technique for brushing teeth has been created.

It includes the following elements.
Before using the thread, it is best to clean with a V-shaped brush.
First you need to cut off a small piece of floss 20-30 cm long. For each tooth you need a new piece of thread.

The tip is wrapped around the index finger, then clamp it with the index and thumb of the other hand.
The cleaning itself begins with the upper row of teeth. Having pulled the thread, it is first introduced under the metal arc, and then between the teeth and in zigzag movements, the gaps between the teeth are cleaned.

At the same time, it is necessary to control the force of pressure and the range of movements so as not to damage the periodontium. To make threading easier, you can use a special floss shaker.

Then they start cleaning plaque from the surface of the teeth. For this, the thread is placed around the tooth in such a way that it lies on the lateral and posterior surfaces of the tooth

After all, teeth have been cleaned, it is necessary to remove plaque and braces. To do this, floss is introduced into space under the arch and moves up and down from the base of one bracket to the base of the other.
After flossing your teeth and braces, you should rinse your mouth with an oral cleansing liquid to completely remove plaque from your teeth.

Do I need to purchase a special floss?

Standard waxed dental floss has a fairly high cleaning power but is not quite suitable for braces. It can touch metal structural elements and break. This, in turn, can damage the bracket or archwire.

This situation can be avoided by using a special orthodontic thread - Superfloss. It differs from the classic one in that it consists of several sectors. In this case, the thread has already been divided into segments by the manufacturer. The first sector is the toughest. It is used to easily insert the suture under the arc.

Next comes a waxed thread of medium thickness for cleaning the interdental spaces. The last sector is a sponge floss, perfect for gentle cleaning of bracket system elements.
The only drawback of orthodontic floss is its high cost.

It should be borne in mind that repairing the structure or replacing any of its parts in the event of a breakdown due to the use of conventional floss will cost much more than purchasing a special orthodontic dental floss. Therefore, it is better not to try to save money and give preference to super-floss.

The key to healthy teeth and gums is quality plaque removal every day. Plaque is a sticky, colorless film of bacteria that constantly builds up on your teeth. If it accumulates, it becomes one of the main causes of tooth decay and gum disease, which can significantly complicate orthodontic treatment. Cleaning the oral cavity with braces is not an easy task, in addition to a regular toothbrush, you will need many other devices. First and foremost, you should have a V-notch bristle brush, which is the only brush you can use to clean your dentition with braces. A toothbrush of this type should not be too hard, it can harm your teeth and gums.

Follow these simple instructions:
Brush your teeth, gums, and braces three times a day (preferably after every meal).
Brush between your teeth at least once a day - and certainly before you go to bed.
Use a fluoride toothpaste to help prevent tooth decay.
Use a fluoride mouthwash at least once a day to help reduce the risk of tooth decay.
Try to carry your toothbrush and floss with you at all times, so you can brush your teeth even when you are out of the house.

How do I clean my teeth and gums while wearing a brace?

First, plaque is removed from the teeth and along the gum line with a regular toothbrush, which can be difficult with braces. But it will become much easier with a little practice!
To make it easier, follow these tips:

First, remove the removable rubber rods.
Place the brush at an angle of approximately 45 degrees to the gum and using light pressure as you brush normally, brush gently back and forth, up and down, and in circular motions. Brush each tooth separately for about 10 seconds.
Use the same brushing strokes on the inside and outside of all teeth.

Remember to brush the chewing surfaces of your teeth - and make sure you clean them properly.
By cleaning around the staple, with bristles first from the top and then from the bottom.
The interdental spaces are cleaned using special dental floss - superfloss, which differs from ordinary dental floss in that it has a hard tip, which allows you to insert the floss into the interdental space above the arch. Also use irrigators - devices that use a jet of water to remove food debris from hard-to-reach areas.

Depending on how well you are at cleaning your teeth, your orthodontist will tell you how often to seek professional help from a dental hygienist to professionally clean your teeth.

How often should braces be cleaned?

It is very important that you clean your braces every time you brush your teeth. Braces can act as a "food particle trap", increasing the amount of plaque on your teeth, which in turn can lead to an increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

How to use thread for braces?

Flos removes plaque between your teeth and under your gum lines - areas beyond the reach of your toothbrush. If you do not floss, you leave up to 40% of the surface of your teeth intact and uncleaned. Secure the threads with thread from the stiffened end that flows through the gaps between the teeth - above the wire for the upper teeth and under the wire for the lower teeth.
Daily use of dental floss is one of the common ways to brush between teeth.

How should you floss?
Take about 50cm of thread and wind most of it loosely around your middle fingers (wind one finger more than the other), leaving 5cm of thread in between.

Holding the thread firmly with your thumbs and forefingers, gently insert it between your teeth, being careful not to cut into the gum.

Circle the floss around each tooth in a "C" shape and move it up and down along the sides of each tooth, going under the gum line. Unwind a new section of thread as you move from tooth to tooth.
Flossing can be awkward at first. Pay no attention to this! With just a little patience and practice, you will feel as confident as using a toothbrush.

Cleaning the removable unit (plate)

Take the device out of your mouth and brush your teeth as usual. Then use a toothbrush and toothpaste to clean the appliance. After that, you need to rinse it with water. Make sure you brush the gums in the areas covered by the appliance with a soft brush, including the soft palate if you are wearing the upper teeth appliance.

With this kind of care, do I still need regular dental care?

Yes! Your regular check-ups, brushing, and correction by an orthodontist will complement your care to help you solve the problem and take the best possible care of your teeth and gums.

In addition, during the treatment and the retention period, remineralizing therapy must be carried out - covering the enamel with fluorine-containing prophylactic agents, since orthodontic treatment is often complicated by the formation of a chalky spot at the points of attachment of the bracket to the tooth surface, such therapy helps prevent its formation.

Den Tim


Practicing Dentistry for 20 years