Flossing Aids for Braces

Dr. Mark Joiner and Team knows how important it is to brush after eating and to floss daily; with braces, things get a little bit more complicated!  If you have braces, you have probably tried flossing using the little floss threaders, and pushing the end under the wire, pulling the floss through and flossing THE tooth – each one individually.  This is cumbersome and many patients just give up after a few attempts.  Well, we are happy to tell you that there a couple of new products out that will make flossing a breeze, and we want to tell you all about them!

The first flossing aid is called Platypus flossers www.platypusco.com.  Similar to a regular pre-strung floss threader, it differs in that it has one very small “finger” that goes under the wire of the braces, and another regular, thicker one that goes behind the teeth.  You can go here to see a description of how to use it: http://www.platypusco.com/how_to.html.   Dr Joiner likes this product because it is pre-loaded with floss and easy to use. Since it is pre-loaded, you have to use a new one each time.  However, there is another product that might be even easier and more versatile . . .

Enter FlossFish, the newest flossing aid invention!   http://www.flossfish.com/ Flossfish looks like a plastic needle threader, which is the end that you thread a piece of floss through.  Then you hold the threaded floss and use the tip as an extra “finger” – guiding it under the bracket quickly and flossing each tooth as you move along.  Dr. Joiner likes the design of this one because it can be used over and over again, since you load it with your own floss, its smaller and seems easy to use.

Dr. Mark Joiner and Team want to find out from YOU, those who wear braces and are our patients, which aid you prefer.  So we have samples of BOTH TYPES of flossing aids in our office; stop by and pick up a sample of each to try them out.  Then, send an email to fun@joinerortho.com, and give us your opinion about which one is better for your situation. Be sure and give us your name and phone # in your email so we can confirm you as a patient. Each patient who shares their opinion with us via email will get a Jamba Juice gift card!  Sweeeeeet!

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