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Oral B Super Floss
*What is it?
This is a special type of floss which is designed especially for people who are wearing braces bridges and have wide spaces in between their teeth. The floss comes with different segments if I can call it that, the floss has different parts to it - it has a stiff part of the floss which can be used to clean under appliances, a fairy spongy part to clean around appliances and in wide spaces, and also a regular part of the floss to help remove plaque under the gum line.
*What do I think?
I am not sure about what's it means when it has three parts to the floss, on the packets there is actually a description of the three different parts of the floss, but when I actually am holding the floss and looking at it - it seems to only have two parts to it, the stiff part and the spongy floss part.
I actually bought this because of some wide spaces at the back of my teeth. I don't like using the inter-dental brushes as most of them in the range are too big. And thinking of the spongy parts that this floss has, I thought this would be brilliant for my wide spaces. Unfortunately, I was pretty disappointed. The floss comes in 50 pre-cut strands, each strand being about 30 CM long. The spongy parts only accounts for a small half of the string of floss. It is actually very difficult to use and manipulate this on the back of the teeth, and very hard to get out of the gaps I am not sure if this is just because my 'wide'spaces are just not wide enough. As with the stiff part of the floss which accounts for both ends of the floss string, probably about 60- 70% of the floss, looks very narrow but is in actual fact much thicker than the spongy part itself. I haven't been able to use any of it with my teeth, so really it's more than half a pack wasted.
I don't have any braces or bridges so, it's really difficult to say how well this cleans with them, but I think you would definitely need to have very wide spaces before this 'super' floss would be of any proper use.
This packet of floss costs about £3.49, but this was a good few years ago so I think this is probably more expensive now. The pack includes 50 pre-cut strands and I don't think there is anything else similar on the market, and in itself it is probably pretty good value. But it's definitely not for people who just have wide spaces in their teeth.
The pack comes like a mini pack tissues, where whole bunch of them is bound tightly in the box. It would really help if the strands were separated to make it easier to get out of the box, as I found I needed to use several in each session and it was a little difficult to get out of the box with out trying to get the box itself dirty with toothpaste and wax etc!
Thanks for reading. xx
I had to wear a brace for longer than I care to remember (OK, three and half years) and as anyone who has worn a brace will know, they can be tough to keep clean.
Using normal dental floss is impossible with braces, so these are a really good idea. I imagine they would be useful for people with bridges too.
It works by having a very thick end of each flossing piece, which you can thread under the wire of your brace. It comes in individual strands rather than a tape like normal floss. This is a little tricky the first couple of times, but easy enough after that. The only trouble is that the fibres do come off and get caught sometimes, which is pretty annoying. I still found it really hard to do my back teeth with it, virtually impossible actually, but maybe that was due to my teeth.
The super floss can be found in Boots. The biggest drawback is the price - £3.50 - much more expensive than usual floss, but I didn't find an alternative, so if you want to use floss (and you do, because what's the point of wearing braces to have your teeth ending up being minging?!) then this is pretty much your only option. They are worth buying, but I did ration them a little and I sed them every other day, using my interdental brushes (another braces must-have) instead.
Since I got braces in April, I have discovered all kinds of weird and wonderful dental products I didn't use before. Admittedly, I was pretty lazy with my tooth-brushing routine, although somehow dentists always marvelled at how clean they were and how, at 24, I don't have a single cavity. Anyway, I realised that I couldn't afford to be lazy any more, unless I wanted gross stained teeth by the time the hardware, as I like to call it, comes off. So interdental brushes, fluoride mouthwash and flossing was in.
Unfortunately, flossing is not so straightforward when you have a wire running across your teeth. Threading floss between each tooth can be incredibly time consuming, and a little fiddly when it gets towards the back of your mouth. What's more, normal dental floss or tape is thin and floppy, which makes aiming it under a wire quite tricky. Add to that the pain that occurs when flossing some teeth in movement with a regular floss, and you've got a bit of a problem.
Enter Superfloss. It's geared towards for people with braces or a bridge, or even those with particularly small gaps between their teeth who find regular flossing uncomfortable. The design is pretty different, with each strand individually cut rather than it being on a roll dispenser. Each piece has one stiffened end which acts as a needle when threading underneath the wire. The rest of the strand is a spongy sort of weave of fibres rather than being one rigid piece, so it squashes into smaller places and is more forgiving to sore teeth during orthodontic treatment.
In theory, a great idea, but unfortunately it has a few downfalls. First of all, despite it being aimed towards brace-wearers, it can be a bit of a nightmare as the fibres easily come loose and stick to brackets. It is incredibly annoying trying to pick tiny strands of thread from your grill, and kind of defeats the purpose of flossing to begin with!
This also means that instead of a more traditional back-and-forth flossing motion, you pretty much have to just pull the floss in one way and out the other in one go so that it doesn't make contact with brackets. Somehow I feel this isn't necessarily as thorough at cleaning the sides of the teeth, although it does of course dislodge any food which may be stuck.
The other problem? The price! I couldn't remember exactly how much I paid, and when I got this I was taking advantage of a conveniently-timed 3 for 2 offer at Boots, but when I looked it up online I was a little surprised. A box of 50 strands is currently priced at £2.33, which is after a 1/3 off promotion on Oral-B products currently. The regular price is £3.49, which I believe is around what I paid - for a box of 30! That's hardly fair! I remember thinking it was a little ridiculous a price, but when you consider that flossing with braces regardless of what you're using is going to take an age, this is more like a product to use once or twice a week. Still best to find it on offer, though, and incidentally you will probably only find this in larger chemists with a wide dental range.
While this is a novel idea and I have certainly been able to floss a lot quicker and more comfortably than had I been using a standard floss or tape, I generally get at least one strand stuck in a flossing session, which is annoying and time-consuming to fix, not to mention could break something on my braces if I tugged too hard. Not only that, but it is pretty pricey. As it's not completely impossible to floss using a regular tape, and there are "floss threaders" available for people in my predicament, I probably won't be buying this again.
this is a must for anyone with widely spaced teeth, a tooth that has fallen out or just thinks dentil floss is too thin.
I have bought about 3 packs in the last year, it gets used up fast but does really do the job.
Its basicly made up from thick dentil floss- very strong, and then about a thrid of the way along has a thick sort of sponge effect coating (it doesnt flake off or anything- dont worry about that!) and this is what takes out the debris in between the teeth that other floss does not touch. The sponge type coating can squeeze down really small so this is why its used, it means it can fir through a wide variety of teeth gaps, and can also fill out to fit any space.
It does an excellent job at takeing out all the debris caught between teeth, though you do need to put it through twice or three times just to make sure everythings pulled out.
It is hygenically coated and safe to use even if you have not brushed your teeth so good for hanbags/jackets if you go out for the evening and eat spinach or duck for example, using this floss will save you trying desperatly to pull out the left-overs stuck in your teeth- just go to the toilets to do this or you will look very odd!!
Stiff-end threader so you can floss under appliances / Oral-B Super Floss is ideal for cleaning braces, bridges and wide gaps between teeth / Its three unique components¨a stiffened end, spongy floss, and regular floss¨all work all together for maximum benefits /