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If you have a permanent retainer, you might find it difficult to floss under or around the appliance to remove food particles and plaque. Although it’s difficult, it’s still necessary. Fortunately, there are ways you can properly floss around your retainer and effectively clean your smile. Our orthodontist, Dr. Yone Ponce, is happy to give you the tips you need.

First, ask our orthodontic team for a floss threader. This is a thin, flexible, loop-shaped tool that can help you properly place the floss.

Then, thread the floss through the looped section of the threader. Next, thread the pointed end of the threader through the space between your teeth and under the wire. Be gentle. This might irritate the gums the first few times you do this. Then, grab one end of the floss. When you have it, pull the threader away from your mouth so it releases the floss. This should properly position the floss so you have one end outside your mouth and one end inside.

Once the floss is positioned, wrap it around your fingers and clean the gumline as well as the sides of the teeth.

Do you have questions about how to floss around a permanent retainer in Tucson, Arizona? If so, please contact Friendly Smiles Orthodontics at 520-326-1101 at your earliest convenience. Our orthodontic team will be more than happy to help you in any way we can!