Flossing with a Permanent Bottom Retainer

After completing orthodontic treatment, your orthodontist may recommend a permanent retainer. A permanent retainer is a convenient and effective way for you to keep your teeth aligned. If you do need to wear a permanent retainer, understand that it’s essential to practice excellent oral hygiene.

One challenge you may discover if you receive a permanent bottom retainer is flossing. Here are some tips that are sure to help you out:

Use Floss Threaders

Small plastic needles that are used to direct floss through the teeth and under the retainer wire are known as floss threaders. Floss threaders will make it easier for you to floss up and down and remove any plaque that is present. Fortunately, packets of floss threaders are inexpensive and available at our office at no charge.


Superfloss is a pre-cut floss that features a piece of plastic on one end that is intended to clean between permanent retainers. Keep in mind that threading is not involved in this method.

Small Brushes and Picks

Small brushes and picks are created to fit between the teeth. They are comprised of rubber or plastic and do not damage enamel.

Although flossing with a permanent bottom retainer may seem like a lot of work, it is important if you’d like to reduce your risk of stains and cavities and keep the beautiful smile you’ve achieved.

Contact Gladwell Orthodontics

For more information on flossing with a permanent retainer, schedule an appointment at Gladwell Orthodontics today. Call us at 919-453-6325.