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Many people find it challenging to floss around their permanent retainer (which is the wire that is glued to the back surfaces of your front teeth after your braces have been removed). If you’re one of these people, our orthodontist, Dr. Stacee Burson, has some tips to help you. Although it’s tough to floss around the appliance, it’s still very important.

First, make a loop with your floss at one end. Then, slip the loop over your front bottom tooth. The two ends of the floss should be facing outside of your mouth. Grab the ends and then push the floss down. When you hear a click, the floss should have slipped under the wire and rested along the gumline. Let go of the short end of the floss and slowly pull the long end until the short end exits the space between the teeth. With the floss under the wire and between the teeth, you can accurately floss the crevice as well as the gums.

When you’re ready to move onto the next set of teeth, lift the front end of the floss so it’s out of the crack but still wrapped around the wire. Then, slide the floss to the next crevice and push the floss down into the space to clean between those teeth and along the gums.

To learn more about how to floss around your permanent retainer in Texarkana, Texas, please reach out to our orthodontic team at Orthodontics by Dr. Burson when you get the chance. We will be happy to help you if you just call 903-334-8080.