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August 3, 2022

Flossing with Invisalign: Why It’s Important & How to Do It

Filed under: Uncategorized — nlcdentistry @ 9:41 pm
Closeup of a man flossing his teeth.

Invisalign has taken the world of modern dentistry by storm! Many patients these days turn towards the clear aligners to straighten their teeth, correct bite problems, and give them a smile that they feel proud to show off. That said, if you’ve recently started Invisalign treatment, the success of the aligners ultimately depends on a few things: your commitment to wearing them, your willingness to swap to new trays when it’s time, and of course, maintaining a clean mouth throughout treatment. This means brushing and flossing! Here’s more about the latter and why it’s extra important to floss during your Invisalign treatment, along with some easy-to-follow steps for getting it done properly.

Why Flossing Matters during Invisalign Treatment

Data from the American Dental Association indicates that only about 50.5% of Americans floss everyday—like they’re supposed to—and just less than 20% don’t even floss at all! Daily flossing is important throughout your life for a number of reasons, but especially so during Invisalign treatment.

When you cover your teeth with an Invisalign retainer for 22 hours each day, you’re actually creating a prime environment for bacteria to thrive and accumulate on your teeth, worsening your risk of potential problems like gum disease, tooth decay, and more—even heart disease if things are left to become severe! Not only that, but this resulting scenario can also cause your Invisalign aligners to become stained, tarnished, and unpleasant to wear.

Easy Steps for Flossing with Invisalign

Fortunately, flossing with Invisalign can be quite straightforward and manageable if you consider following these steps:

  1. Remove your Invisalign aligners and store them in their storage case.
  2. Brush your teeth using a soft-bristled toothbrush (be sure to do this after every meal).
  3. Rinse your mouth after brushing to help break additional food particles loose.
  4. Begin flossing; you can use traditional dental floss, floss picks, or a Waterpik.
  5. If using traditional floss, remove a long strange (about 18cm) and wrap the ends around your fingers, leaving a few inches to work with.
  6. Glide the floss between your teeth and slowly up towards the gum line. Work the floss by creating a “C” shape with the floss and using an up-and-down motion.
  7. Once you’re done, move the dental floss between your fingers to reveal a clean section and move on to the next tooth, continuing to do so until you’ve flossed between all of your teeth.
  8. After you’ve flossed, you can resume wearing your aligners; flossing at least once a day is recommended to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

It might not be everybody’s favorite thing to do, but flossing is absolutely essential in protecting your smile from the likes of serious health issues—especially if you’re undergoing Invisalign treatment. That said, following these steps can ensure that you’re providing your teeth with an adequate amount of care as they undergo their transformation into your beautiful new smile.

About the Practice

The team at Distinctive Dentistry on Maitland is honored to serve patients and families in the Altamonte Springs, FL area under the leadership of four skilled specialists: Dr. Timothy Lane, Dr. Charles Curley, Dr. Brett Zak, and Dr. Scott McCauley. The practice is pleased to offer a wide range of available services including Invisalign. If you have any questions about Invisalign or how to floss while undergoing treatment, don’t hesitate to reach out online or by phone to schedule a visit: (407) 830-9800.

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