When you have braces, flossing can be an interesting adventure. The archwire can make normal flossing impossible. You cannot slide the string between your teeth because the wire gets in the way. Flossing is important, and your braces are there to help straighten your teeth. Rather than dodge the problem, you can find a way around it, and a floss threader can help you do it.
A floss threader is a little hand-held tool that has thin loop at the end. You can attach some floss to this loop, and then use the loop to send the floss over the wire.
The threader’s main job is to get the floss between your teeth. Once it is there, you can detach the floss and pull the threader out. From there, you can pull the string against your teeth and floss normally. The plaque trying to establish your teeth gaps as its home can be evicted, which can save you problems like gum disease and cavities while you let the braces do their job.
You do not need to avoid braces just because it creates difficulties with flossing. There are many ways to help you floss while the braces are fixing your smile. If you would like to try braces and learn what other ways you can brush and floss when you have them on, you can come see us here at James V. Karhohs, DDS, MS, PC in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Our dentist, Dr. James Karhohs, can help you figure out how to care for your teeth along with the braces, so you can enjoy all the benefits when the treatment is done. Feel free to call 616-784-4300 to schedule a consultation. We will be happy to help you however you need.