As Dr. Suzanne Haeri, DDS will tell you, flossing can be difficult when you have traditional metal braces, but it’s more important than ever to keep the gaps in your teeth clean when you have a mouth full of metal. Many folks who have braces don’t know how to floss with them or think that they can’t floss at all if they have braces and this is not true. Here are some tips for flossing effectively in addition to keeping those brackets and wires clean.
- Use waxed floss, because unwaxed floss is more likely to get caught and shred in your braces.
- Use about 18 inches of floss and thread it carefully.
- Take the floss and gently thread it under the main wire of the braces before passing it between two teeth. Then remove the floss and re-thread it under the main wire to pass between the next pair of teeth.
- Be sure not to snap the floss. Simply move the floss up and down carefully against the side of each tooth.
If you have questions or concerns regarding orthodontic oral care, please give us a call. To learn about the services we provide at our practice, visit www.suzannehaeridds.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Suzanne Haeri, DDS herself in our Los Angeles, CA office, call 310-657-2200.