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A permanent retainer is quite handy when it comes to maintaining a straight and beautiful smile. However, it’s not so handy when it comes to flossing and taking care of your teeth and gums. This is because many people find it difficult to put the floss in the proper position to deeply clean the teeth and gums. If you’re one of these people, our orthodontist, Dr. Dwayne Patritto, has some flossing tips that can help you.

First, grab the loop-shaped tool our orthodontic team gave you. This should be the flexible, thin tool that helped you floss when you had braces. If you don’t have this looped tool, feel free to ask us for one.

Second, thread the floss through the looped section but stop half way to let the floss hang on the tool. When you’re ready, thread the pointed section of the tool between your teeth and under the wire. This should be right above your gums. Your gums might feel a little sensitive when you first do this, but it will go away with time. Then, grab one end of the floss and continue to pull the tool away from your mouth so it releases the floss. This should make one end of the floss on the inside of your mouth and the other end on the outside.

Wrap the floss around your fingers and clean the crevice between your teeth and the gums just like you normally do around your other teeth. When you’re done flossing, you can lift the front end of the floss so it comes out of the crack but it’s still wrapped around the appliance. Then, slide the floss over to the next crevice and floss that space as well. If glue is stopping you from sliding the floss, restart this process with the looped tool.

For more information and details about how to floss around a permanent retainer in Ottumwa, Iowa, please reach out to our orthodontic team at Patritto Orthodontics by dialing 641-682-8143. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can help you!