What’s the best way to floss with braces?
Flossing with braces can be tricky, and it takes more time than
flossing without braces. If you use regular floss, give yourself 10
to 15 minutes to floss your teeth.
With this method, choose waxed floss, which is less likely to tear
and get stuck in your braces.
Flossing instructions for braces
- Break off about 18 to 24 inches of waxed dental floss.
- Stand in front of a mirror so you can make sure the floss is going
where you need it to.
- Start by threading the floss between your teeth and the main wire.
Twist the loose ends of the floss around your index fingers so you
can move the floss around easily.
- Press the floss between the two teeth as gently as you can. Then,
move the floss up and down along the sides of both teeth.
- When working on your top teeth, try to make an upside-down U with
the floss. To do this, go up the side of one tooth until you get to
the gumline. Then, glide the floss down the side of the other
- Gently remove the floss and carefully unthread it from behind the
wire. Avoid popping the floss out of your tooth, as you could
dislodge a wire.
- Now, move on to the next two teeth, and use the same technique
until you’ve flossed between all your teeth.
Instead of using waxed floss, other options that work well for
flossing if you have braces include using a Waterpik, a type of
water flosser, or a floss threader, a small tool that helps you
thread floss under your braces. Both can save you time with