How To Floss With Braces

Taking care of your oral health is essential, especially when undergoing orthodontic treatment. While braces can straighten your teeth and improve your smile, they also require extra attention to maintain proper oral hygiene. One crucial aspect of this hygiene routine is flossing, which can be challenging with braces. In this article, we’ll explore the ins and outs of flossing with braces and provide you with practical tips and techniques to make the process easier and more effective. Whether you’re new to braces or looking to improve your flossing routine, Coastal Orthodontics is here to guide you through the journey to a healthier, happier smile.

Understanding Braces and Oral Hygiene

Braces are orthodontic appliances used to straighten teeth and correct bite issues. While they work wonders for improving your smile, they can also create challenges when it comes to oral hygiene. The brackets, wires, and bands of braces create small spaces where food particles and plaque can easily get trapped, leading to an increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease if not properly cleaned. This makes it crucial to maintain a thorough oral hygiene routine, including regular brushing and flossing, throughout your orthodontic treatment. At Coastal Orthodontics, we emphasize the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene habits to ensure the success of your braces treatment and the health of your teeth and gums.

How to Floss with Braces and Best Practices

  1. Choose the Right Floss: Opt for waxed dental floss or orthodontic floss threaders, which are specifically designed to navigate around braces brackets and wires easily.
  2. Thread the Floss: If you’re using traditional floss, thread it carefully under the wire of your braces using a floss threader or a floss threader tool. Gently guide the floss up and down between each tooth, making sure to reach below the gumline.
  3. Use Orthodontic Flossers: Orthodontic flossers are another convenient option for flossing with braces. These pre-threaded flossers have a stiff end that can be easily inserted under the wire of your braces for efficient cleaning.
  4. Take Your Time: Flossing with braces may take a little longer than usual, but it’s important to be thorough. Take your time to ensure you clean between each tooth and around every bracket and wire.
  5. Be Gentle: While flossing, be gentle to avoid damaging your braces or injuring your gums. Use a soft touch and avoid snapping the floss against your gums or braces.
  6. Rinse and Repeat: After flossing, rinse your mouth thoroughly with water or an antiseptic mouthwash to remove any loosened debris and bacteria. Repeat this process at least once a day, preferably before bedtime, to keep your teeth and gums healthy during orthodontic treatment.

At Coastal Orthodontics, we recommend incorporating flossing into your daily oral hygiene routine to ensure optimal dental health and the success of your braces treatment. Proper flossing can help prevent cavities, gum disease, and other oral health issues, allowing you to enjoy a beautiful, healthy smile for years to come.

Benefits of Proper Flossing with Braces

  • Prevents Tooth Decay: Flossing removes plaque and food particles from between teeth and around braces, reducing the risk of tooth decay and cavities.
  • Guards Against Gum Disease: Regular flossing helps eliminate bacteria and debris that can lead to gum inflammation and periodontal disease.
  • Maintains Fresh Breath: By removing trapped food particles and bacteria, flossing contributes to fresher breath and better oral hygiene.
  • Promotes Healthy Gums: Proper flossing stimulates the gums, promoting blood circulation and overall gum health.
  • Prevents Orthodontic Complications: Flossing helps prevent the buildup of plaque and tartar around braces, reducing the risk of complications such as enamel erosion, decalcification, and staining.
  • Enhances Treatment Efficiency: Clean teeth and healthy gums facilitate orthodontic treatment progress, ensuring optimal results in less time.
  • Boosts Self-Confidence: Maintaining good oral hygiene with proper flossing habits helps patients feel more confident and comfortable with their braces throughout treatment.

At Coastal Orthodontics, we emphasize the importance of proper flossing with braces to our patients, as it plays a crucial role in achieving successful orthodontic outcomes and maintaining excellent oral health.


Flossing with braces is an essential component of maintaining good oral hygiene and ensuring successful orthodontic treatment. By incorporating proper flossing techniques and best practices into your daily routine, you can effectively remove plaque and food debris from hard-to-reach areas around braces, reducing the risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and orthodontic complications.
At Coastal Orthodontics, we understand the challenges that come with flossing while wearing braces, and we’re here to provide guidance and support to help you navigate this aspect of your orthodontic journey. Remember, consistent and thorough flossing is key to achieving a healthy, beautiful smile both during and after treatment.
If you have any questions or concerns about flossing with braces, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team. We’re dedicated to ensuring that you have the knowledge and tools you need to maintain optimal oral health throughout your orthodontic experience.

Dr. Kaur

Dr. Kaur

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