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what can i do to floss with a permanent retainer?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Superfloss: At your pharmacy you will find a special floss that has a hardened end which slips under the bonded piece, between your teeth. The dentist who placed this retainer should have explained this to you.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
You can also try a floss threader, Air Flosser, or Water Pik. All will be of benefit.
Jul 30, 2013
Dr. Orly Hendizadeh
Dentistry 13 years experience
Floss threader: To floss under a permanent retainer you can usually use whats called a floss threader (sold at most drug stores). You can thread floss onto it, same way you thread a needle and use it to get under the retainer.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Options: First call your Orthodontic Specialist for the ideal solution customized to your needs. Discuss floss threader, proxi-brush, Air-Flosser, Water-Pik, and other modalities. Your Orthodontist will know the best solution for you.

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