How Do I Use Water Flosser For Braces?

using water flosser for braces

Flossing can be a real chore if you have braces. Fortunately for you, you can use a water flosser that is made for braces. It makes flossing much easier and more enjoyable.

If you have never used a water flosser, let me tell you how to use one.

Why Water Flossers Are Great?

Water flossers can get at the food particles hidden between teeth more effectively than your toothbrush. If you have braces, getting food stuck in your teeth is probably a daily reality. It is both annoying and unhygienic.

The water flosser shoots out a jet of water that cleans out the food particles and gunk around your teeth.

Steps of using the water flosser:

1. Read the instructions.

If the manufacturer has included a guide on how to use the device, carefully read through the instructions before using the water flosser for the first time.

2. Charge it first.

Water flossers are electrical devices. And if you are using a corded water flosser, you can even walk out of the bathroom with it.

Charge the water flosser at night to have it ready for use in the morning. It will take around four hours to charge fully.

3. Fill the reservoir with warm water.

Use warm water when cleaning your teeth. Water that is too hot or too cold can hurt your teeth, especially if they are sensitive.

After filling the reservoir with warm water, place it on the base and firmly press down.

4. Choose the right tip.

The manufacturer will have provided several options for tips. There are tips designed to clean around braces; tips intended for use on implants, crowns, bridges, and retainers; and tips for general usage.

Choose the tip which the manufacturer has designated as best for people with braces on their teeth.

5. Press the tip firmly into the handle until it clicks into place.

And if you want to remove or change the tip, find the tip eject button wherever it is on your particular device and press it.

6. Select the appropriate pressure.

There are three primary pressure levels: high, medium or low. Press the appropriate button to adjust the pressure to your desired level. If you are new to water flossing, start with the low pressure. And if you have braces on your teeth, you might find the high-pressure jet too strong for your teeth.

7.  Leaning over your sink, place the tip in your mouth, and turn on the unit.

The jet of water will shoot out with some force. So to prevent the water from splashing, purse your lips, while letting the water to flow from your mouth into the sink.

And don’t look into the mirror as that will cause the water to flow down your chin and probably drench your shirt. Look down into the sink instead.

8.  Begin with the back teeth.

Aim the tip at your gum line, inclining it at a 900 angle. Start with the back teeth, following the gum line, and pausing to concentrate on the gaps between the teeth. After you have finished the top set of teeth, clean the bottom teeth using the same technique.

9. When you are done, turn off the unit. And if you want to remove the tip, press the tip eject button.


Flossing is essential for clean and healthy teeth. And water flossing is easier and more efficient than traditional flossers.

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