Updated: May 19
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What is superfloss?
Superfloss is a type of floss that can do everything that floss does but with additional features. Superfloss has the ability to clean underneath of dental bridges, which regular floss cannot do. You can also use it to clean underneath of the brackets and wires in metal braces.
How is it able to clean underneath of dental bridges and braces?
What this is, is just a piece of floss that is attached to a larger fuzzy floss piece and that is attached to a very stiff end portion.
The stiff end portion allows you to thread the floss underneath a bridge. Regular floss is too flimsy for you to thread it underneath of a tooth.
The fuzzy portion allows you to clean underneath very well but picking up any food debris. The fuzzy part works similar to how a swifter duster works. It just grabs onto plaque and food debris.
How do you use superfloss?
Here is a video of how to clean underneath of braces with super floss.
Written instructions for superfloss
Grab one piece of superfloss and hold it by the stiff end.
Thread the stiff end underneath of the braces wire or the dental bridge and push it all the way through until it reaches the fuzzy end.
Use the fuzzy and end hug the tooth on both sides and floss back and forth. The motion is similar to drying your back with a towel. After you are done with the tooth on the left, hug the tooth on the right and repeat.
If you are cleaning underneath of a dental bridge, once you have thread it through to the fuzzy part, pull it forward and backwards massaging your gums underneath of the bridge.
Last but not least, don't forget that the other end of it is regular floss so you can use it to floss the rest of your teeth. You floss normally with this end of it.
Should you buy it?
That was simple wasn't it? This floss is useful to have but is not necessary if you don't have braces or any bridges. Although if you do happen to have a dental bridge or are undergoing braces, our dentists in long island city highly recommend keeping some superfloss around because otherwise it would be very difficult for you to keep everything clean. It is simply not possible to clean the same way with regular floss since it is not stiff.
An alternative option would be floss threaders. The floss threaders function the same way except you use regular floss. You do lose out on the fuzzy part which we do love! Although our recommendation would be to go with whatever you like using more but we personally like the superfloss more!
Is it a replacement for regular floss?
Super floss can actually replace your regular floss. The main reason is because it comes in two parts, the fuzzy section and the regular typical floss at the other end.
The fuzzy part is great for cleaning underneath of restorations or braces. It is similar to a swiffer where it grabs and holds onto all of the plaque and debris. That makes it very effectively in what it does.
The other end is just normal floss. You're suppose to use it like how you use regular floss. Therefore, you can indeed replace regular floss with superfloss since it comes with regular floss on the other end of it.
Why you may not want to replace your normal floss with it
As great as it may be there is one particular downside that we can think of. The fact is this product is more costly than your everyday floss. These come in a packet of about 10 and while you can buy them in bulk, they still cost more.
Thus, we do believe that you should keep some regular floss on hand and not switch over completely to this product. It will save you some money in the long run if you use both and not one solely over the other.
Hopefully you've learned everything that you needed to know about the product called super floss. Dentists love it because it works wonders on patients with braces or dental bridges. Regular floss simply cannot clean underneath of them!
Last but not least, don't forget to go in for your biannual dental check up.