Waxed floss or unwaxed floss is better with braces

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Smg373
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Waxed floss or unwaxed floss is better with braces

#1 Post by Smg373 » Tue Jul 25, 2017 11:10 pm

Anyone??

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Re: Waxed floss or unwaxed floss is better with braces

#2 Post by Snowglobe32 » Wed Jul 26, 2017 2:29 pm

I haven't worn braces for years but I just used the unwaxed floss and it was terrible.
Waxed floss is a lot easier to use. The other kind rips easily.

The most important thing when it comes to flossing, is to just floss!

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Re: Waxed floss or unwaxed floss is better with braces

#3 Post by EmilyTravels » Wed Jul 26, 2017 5:23 pm

How in the world do you floss around wired braces? Invisalign, obviously, you just remove the aligners, but I can't begin to imagine how to get floss up under the gum line with traditional brackets & wires. What am I missing? (Note: I don't have braces yet but will be getting them soon; that's why I am clueless!)

Thanks!

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Re: Waxed floss or unwaxed floss is better with braces

#4 Post by Mpkh » Wed Jul 26, 2017 7:21 pm

You thread the floss under the wire and then floss as normal.
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Re: Waxed floss or unwaxed floss is better with braces

#5 Post by cauchy » Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:11 pm

I use the same (unwaxed) floss that I used before getting braces: Oral B glide floss. I don't know which is actually better, but I hate the feeling of waxed floss.

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Re: Waxed floss or unwaxed floss is better with braces

#6 Post by Heidirs » Thu Jul 27, 2017 11:36 am

I prefer waxed. The other stuff gets caught in things and rips too easily.
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Re: Waxed floss or unwaxed floss is better with braces

#7 Post by EmilyTravels » Thu Jul 27, 2017 2:25 pm

Mpkh wrote:You thread the floss under the wire and then floss as normal.
Thanks! I am sure once I try I'll figure it out -- if I get wired braces, that is.

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Re: Waxed floss or unwaxed floss is better with braces

#8 Post by Smg373 » Thu Jul 27, 2017 7:06 pm

EmilyTravels wrote:
Mpkh wrote:You thread the floss under the wire and then floss as normal.
Thanks! I am sure once I try I'll figure it out -- if I get wired braces, that is.
Flossing is terrible with braces, it takes a lot of time and I only have my top in. I'm sure I'll get better. :)

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Re: Waxed floss or unwaxed floss is better with braces

#9 Post by Smg373 » Thu Jul 27, 2017 7:08 pm

I also do the threading, but the unwaxed floss is harder to floss with then the waxed that's why I wanted to know if it was ok to just go to waxed instead of unwaxed.

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Re: Waxed floss or unwaxed floss is better with braces

#10 Post by Bracefacemom47 » Wed Dec 13, 2017 10:21 pm

I got my braces yesterday. Tried flossing tonight and I can't get the floss through most of my teeth, some because i can't get the floss through the wire to get to the teeth. I have a dentist appt tomorrow. Maybe they can help or make suggestions. I hate the way my teeth feel after flossing :(

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Re: Waxed floss or unwaxed floss is better with braces

#11 Post by EmilyTravels » Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:34 pm

You can use floss threaders, which I tried. They work, but take a long time. I have had better luck with P L A T Y P U S flossers for braces, which fit right under the wires and allow me to floss quickly. They weren't all that cheap (I ordered online from the "big A"), but to me the time savings over threaders is well worth the cost.

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Re: Waxed floss or unwaxed floss is better with braces

#12 Post by djspeece » Fri Dec 15, 2017 6:20 am

I didn't floss at all for three years -- used interdental brushes dipped in Listerine, which worked fine.
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Re: Waxed floss or unwaxed floss is better with braces

#13 Post by jfriend33 » Fri Dec 15, 2017 8:08 am

Wow I couldn't fathom Not flossing for 3 years!

Has to be waxed. Spaces are tight. That pre threaded junk is terrible and just gets caught everywhere.

I reused the same threader at least a dozen times each time with clean waxed mint floss.

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