There’s no way around it. Flossing with braces is a pain. It’s a chore. It’s not fun. But I gotta do it.
At first I used the floss threader that my orthodontist gave me. I got pretty good with it. Now, I maneuver the floss without a threader, and it goes much faster. What works best for me:
- The stiffer the floss the better; that way it goes where you point it. So use stiff floss. Of the two flosses that I’ve reviewed, Desert Essence Dental Tape and Tom’s of Maine Natural Antiplaque Flat Floss, I recommend Desert Essence.
- Keep your floss as dry as possible. The wetter it gets, the limper it gets.
Unfortunately, at the very back top molars, the angle makes it impossible for me to thread the floss under the archwire without the threader. I’m resigned to this, though sometimes I skimp and skip it. Do as I say, not as I do!
I’ve never flossed as much as I have since getting my braces; this is no doubt a boon to my dental health… as long as I keep it up after I get the braces off, too. Which will be in 5 months! I’m due for a month 7 report tomorrow!