Different Types Of Dental Floss

Maintaining good oral hygiene is essential for overall health, and dental floss is an important part of any oral hygiene routine. Dental floss helps to remove plaque and food particles from between teeth, preventing cavities and gum disease. However, with so many different types of dental floss available, it can be difficult to know which one to choose. In this article, we’ll explore the different types of best dental floss and which is the best choice for each condition and case.

Types of Dental Floss

Nylon floss

Nylon floss is the most commonly used type of dental floss. It is made of multiple nylon filaments woven together, making it strong and durable. Nylon floss comes in waxed and unwaxed varieties, and flavored or unflavored. Waxed floss slides more easily between teeth and is better for people with tightly spaced teeth.

PTFE floss

PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene) floss is a newer type of floss that is made from a single strand of PTFE. This type of floss is stronger and more tear-resistant than nylon floss, and it slides more easily between teeth. PTFE floss is also less likely to shred or break, making it a good choice for people with braces or other dental appliances.

Super floss

Super floss is a type of floss that is designed for people with braces, bridges, or other fixed dental appliances. It is made of three different components: a stiffened end for threading through dental appliances, a spongy floss section for cleaning around appliances, and a regular floss section for cleaning between teeth and gums

Dental tape

Dental tape is a wider and flatter type of dental floss that is designed for people with more space between their teeth. It is made of nylon or PTFE, and is available in waxed and unwaxed varieties.

Interdental brushes

Interdental brushes are small brushes that are designed to clean between teeth. They are particularly effective for people with large gaps between their teeth, or for people with braces or other dental appliances.

Which Type of Dental Floss is Best for you?

The best type of dental floss for you depends on your individual needs and preferences. Here are some general guidelines:

If you have tightly-spaced teeth

Waxed nylon floss or PTFE floss is the best choice. It slides easily between tight spaces and is gentle on the gums. 

If you have more space between your teeth

Waxed nylon floss or dental tape is the best choice. They are wider and can effectively clean larger gaps between teeth.

If you have braces or other dental appliances

Super floss or interdental brushes are the best choice. Super floss has a stiff end for threading through appliances, while interdental brushes can clean around appliances more effectively.

Eon Aligner

In addition to maintaining good oral hygiene, there are now more options than ever before to straighten your teeth. One such option is Eon Aligner, a clear aligner system that can treat a variety of mild, moderate, and advanced malocclusion cases.

Eon Aligner is a series of clear plastic trays that gradually move your teeth into the desired position. The aligners are nearly invisible, so others will barely notice you’re wearing them.

Eon Aligner is also removable, so you can take them out to eat, brush or floss whenever you want. This makes it easy to maintain good oral hygiene during treatment, as you can continue to floss and brush your teeth as you normally would.

Eon Aligner can treat a variety of malocclusion cases, including crowding, gapped teeth, open bite, deep bite and crossbite.