Easiest and Quickest Way to Floss with Orthodontic Braces


So I just had my regular tightening of my braces and in the appointment prior to this my dentist gave me a new type of flosser to try because I told her I’d be doing my best to floss and yet some areas of my gums were still really puffy.

I mean an hour a night before bed to use those dental threaders in order to clean in-between my teeth and I still wasn’t doing a good enough job.

So I substituted my regular routine of flossing using a threader with using a flosser.

The only reason I tried them was:

1. My dentist recommended it to me.

2. I found it that it literally saved me 30 mins or more a night as it’s really easy to use.

3. It’s called Platypus and I’m a big Phineas and Ferb fan!

What Makes This Flosser Different?

How is this flosser different than other flossers you may ask?

Well I wasn’t able to use the standard flossers as the plastic arms are too thick to fit in-between my brackets and underneath the braces wire. The Platypus flosser allowed be me to get in between the brackets as it has a flattened edge that allows it to easily reach in-between the brackets.

Now I must admit, I’ve never been a fan of the flossers as I didn’t think they could reach around the the tooth with the same ease as it had that plastic frame to hold the floss.

To my surprise, my dentist remarked how great of a job I had been doing taking care of my teeth during the appointment. I told her the only difference was that I now used the flossers instead of the standard floss.

Better Than A Toothpick Too!

The Platypus also has a toothpick like end on the opposite side of the flosser. At first I didn’t like it much as I’m used to the Gum Soft-Picks which were always great at getting out any remaining food or bits stuck between my teeth.

I still use it but I’ve found the Platypus one to be quite useful ever since the day I ate spinach and could not for the life of me remove it from my brackets. To anyone how likes their vegetables, the Platypus has a few small spike like points on the pick end of it that allows it to easily grab hard to remove food off your brackets which is a life saver.

So if you’re under going orthodontic braces treatment right now and hate to floss I definitely recommend trying the Platypus Orthodontic Flosser. In case you’re looking to try them, Amazon has the best deal I’ve found so far to purchase them.

Platypus Ortho Flosser for Braces.

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Best Dental Flossing Products to Save You Money in 2013

If you’re looking for the best brand or type of dental floss to keep your gums healthy and your teeth clean, then you’ve come to the right place.

Over the years I’ve tried many different brands of dental floss and even kinds. Most recently my sister got me the an Air Flosser by Phillips which I’ll write about in this lens.

The overall goal of this lens, is to help you find the best type of floss to keep your teeth clean. I’ve always hated when my gums bled and trust me, fl

Dental Floss

Dental Floss (Photo credit: Bret Arnett)

ossing consistently is the best way to stop it!

This is an unbiased review of the various dental floss brands from Gum, Oral B/Crest Glide, Johnson and Johnson’s Reach and even floss types and alternatives like air floss, water piks, floss threaders and even proxabrush cleaners..

I’ve had friends make recommendations and will outline the best floss to clean their teeth and will outline the best floss type depending on how close

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dental floss (Photo credit: Rakka)

your teeth are, how frequent you like to floss, and even the most convenient type of floss for those of us who have had braces in the past and now have to wear a retaining wire.

Ultimately, flossing will definitely make a difference in keeping your teeth clean but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to still go to the dentist. It just means you’ll have a lot less bleeding during your appointments. I know since I’ve gotten into the habit of flossing daily my appointments go a lot quicker helping save a girl some cash for shoes and clothes LOL!

How We’ll Be Ranking The Best Floss!

So how will we be ranking the types of floss you ask?

After trying almost every brand and type of floss in the past I always thought I had found the best floss that kept my the cleanest and would recommend it to everyone.

Some of my friends and family didn’t agree with me and being the curious person that I am, I always like to put on my detectives hat and constantly ask “WHY???” until I solve the mystery!

It turns out that the type of teeth you have changes how much you like different brands or types of floss. After much sleuthing, I noticed something in common with those of my friends and family that disagreed with me.

Ready for it….

It all depends on how your close your teeth are!!!

My friends and family who all hated my choice all had really close teeth.

So how will we be ranking the types of floss?
We’ll be using 5 different rankings and here they are

Floss Ranking Criteria

1. Cost – because who wants to spend a fortune on floss or a flossing machine when you could be spending it on clothes or food!
2. Ease/Quickness – I must admit, flossing is not the most fun thing in the world to do. So a major decision that goes on in my mind when choosing a floss is how long will it take to clean my pearly whites.
3. Effectiveness of Cleaning – What’s the point of flossing if it doesn’t make your teeth nice and white.
4. Closeness of Your Teeth – This is a big one! I’ll add in a ranking depending on whether you have really close teeth or small gaps between. Some of us may have both so I’ll also let you know how best to deal with that.
5. Hard to Reach Areas – For those of us who struggle with flossing our “back teeth” better known as molars or who’ve had braces.
6. Taste – You know those times you floss and you taste bubble gum or a minty freshness, well we’ll be adding that to the ranking factor to.

I always thought I did a superb job flossing my teeth but at every dental appointment my dentist would say, “Vanessa, you’ve got to do a better job cleaning in the back.” I’d go home and do an extra good job cleaning the back and 3 months later return to the dentist and he’d say the samething! Like what gives man LOL!

It wasn’t until I changed to my new super cool dentist that she showed me what he meant by using her super cool inside-the-mouth camera and even a instrument to make sure I could touch, feel and see where I needed to do a better job. How cool of her!

On a more important note: flossing won’t take the place of going to the dentist and getting regular cleanings but it can certainly help save you some money and not to mention pain on the more expensive fixes like filling and root canals.

And another side note: for those of us in Hamilton, Ontario Canada…if you’re out there I’d definitely recommend doing your homework on your dentist. It wasn’t until I changed dentists that I realized how amazing my new dentist was. Less radiation, less pain, better cleanings and it wasn’t until I switched that I noticed my old dentist would over bill my insurance!!!! So if you’re in need of a dentist in Hamilton Ontario or even close by like some of my friends who needed a dentist in Burlington, I’d definitely recommend seeing my current dentist.