The standard way to floss with braces is to use dental floss and a floss threader. A floss threader is similar to a plastic needle that you use to thread dental floss under and around the braces and teeth.
This method is difficult to do properly, and it is time consuming. Dental floss can also easily shred or get stuck in hardware.
An Easier Way to Clean and Floss Braces
Waterpik® Water Flossers (also known as oral irrigators) are faster, easier and more effective than regular dental floss or a floss threader.
Using a combination of water pressure and pulsation, the Waterpik® Water Flosser removes plaque and food particles from brackets and wires. It also helps massage and stimulate the gums.
How to Water Floss with Braces
For best results, use a Waterpik® Water Flosser with the Orthodontic Tip. The Orthodontic Tip has a tapered brush that helps remove plaque from braces and orthodontics. The Classic Jet Tip is also effective.
To Water Floss braces and teeth:
Fill the Water Flosser reservoir with lukewarm water and place it firmly on the base.
Insert the flosser tip into the handle.
Adjust the pressure control (start at low pressure).
Lean over the sink and place tip in mouth.
Turn unit on. Close lips to prevent splashing, while allowing water to flow from the mouth into the sink.
Starting with the back teeth, gently glide the tip along the gumline.
Pause and lightly brush the area between the teeth and all around the orthodontic bracket or appliance (see animation below).
Proceed to the next tooth.
It's that easy to properly Water Floss your braces, and it takes only about 1 minute a day!
After watching the animation, read on to learn about some Water Flosser choices.
Water Flossers for Dental Braces
Waterpik® offers a variety of models that are great for anyone with dental braces. All recommended models include the Orthodontic Tip.