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How to Use a Floss Threader


A floss threader is one of the best ways to make sure your teeth stay healthy and cavity free during orthodontic treatment. While they are readily available and inexpensive, patients are often confused about how they work. We've published a basic video to demonstrate how a floss threader works:

  1. Feed ~4 inches of floss through the loop in the threader

  2. Use the threader to pull the floss underneath the wire. We recommend starting from the side of the wire closest to your gums and then pointing it toward your biting surface.

  3. Pull the floss free from the threader

  4. Floss between your teeth; make sure to curve below the gum line on either side. Be gentle—aggressive flossing can cause gum problems.

  5. Remove the floss from between your teeth and wire/braces

  6. Repeat this process for both sides of each tooth.

If it has been a while since you've flossed, you may notice some bleeding areas. Keep flossing and this will generally improve. If you have any further questions, contact us.


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