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Can I Floss With Braces?

person pulling floss out of a containerYes! You can and should floss at least once a day when you have braces. It’s a very important part of keeping your teeth clean and healthy. It will require a little extra work with braces, but it is absolutely necessary.

We will provide you with the tools and information you need for proper oral hygiene during orthodontic treatment. Superfloss, floss threaders, and Waterpiks are all effective tools for flossing with braces. Superfloss and floss threaders are special types of floss that are able to go underneath your wire at each tooth contact. Some people feel that Waterpiks are easier to use. Waterpiks are electric, similar to an electric toothbrush. The cleaning power behind the Waterpik is a combination of water pressure and pulsations. When you direct the water from the flosser tip at your gumline and between your teeth, the combination of pressure and pulsations cleans away harmful plaque and food debris.

Whichever way you choose to floss is fine, as long as you are flossing once a day! Of course, you should still see your dentist for regular checkups every six months while you are in orthodontic treatment.

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