If you have braces, you must floss daily to ward off tooth decay and bad breath from food particles that get stuck under the brackets. To floss with braces, you have to use a threader and floss, which takes forever and SUCKS. After getting my braces, I used the threader once and immediately started looking for an easier way to floss. After having my braces removed, I did not have any white spots/tooth decay or plaque build up around my gums. Here is a way that you can easily and effectively floss with braces:
Things You Will Need:
- Waterpik/Water Flosser
1. What is a Water Flosser? The water flosser uses a blast of water to get any plaque or food particles from around your gums and brackets. There’s a reservoir to store water, which shoots out of the tip of the flosser and on to your teeth and gums. The price for water flossers start at about $40 and can be purchased from places like Walgreen, CVS, Walmart, or Target.
2. How to Use the Water Flosser? The flosser will come with several tips, but make sure you use the orthodontic tip for braces. The orthodontic tip has a little brush on it so as you move it around your teeth, it also cleans around your brackets. While tilting your head over a sink, move the flosser between each tooth and around the gum line.
Tips and Warnings:
- Floss with the water flosser at least twice a day. (I used mine about 6 times a day after every meal)
- Do not use the water flosser while it is connected to the charger. This will shorten the life of the flosser.
- If you eat or drink something containing lots of sugar (like candy or soda), immediately floss to avoid any sugar being trapped under your brackets.
- The water flosser I use is by Waterpik, which is pictured above. I purchased it for $52 from Walgreens.
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