What’s the Difference Between Waxed and Unwaxed Floss?

Waxed vs Unwaxed Floss

The great debate – Waxed or unwaxed floss?

It’s no secret that a pretty, white smile is one of our most desired features. But it is also no secret that having pearly white teeth all the time takes a lot of hard work and dedication. Brushing your teeth twice a day is critical to taking care of your teeth. Flossing should also be a daily part of your dental hygienic habits if it isn’t already. One of the questions we get fairly often is the difference between waxed and unwaxed floss. Is there an advantage to using one over the other, or are all types of floss basically the same? Today we’ll examine the similarities and differences between waxed and unwaxed floss.

The Differences are Negligible

In general, floss comes in two types: multifilament nylon or polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), which is a monofilament. Nylon is the kind of floss that will have the waxed and unwaxed varieties. Research has shown that 79% of survey respondents prefer the waxed kind to the unwaxed after using both varieties on their mouths. The big complaint about waxed floss is that it seems too thick, and unwaxed floss is thinner and therefore able to go through tooth gaps more easily. Science shows that there is no significant difference between the two varieties when it comes to getting your teeth clean. Whether you go with waxed or unwaxed is merely up to your personal taste, with one significant exception.

Those With Braces Should Use Waxed Floss

Just because you or your child has braces doesn’t mean flossing should be neglected. Without a doubt, it is more difficult to floss when you have braces than when you don’t. Waxed floss incorporated into a floss threader can be used as the best way to floss with braces, allowing the user to get between each tooth despite the wiring that inhibits the teeth. Unwaxed floss, being thinner than the waxed variety, is more likely to catch on braces and shred. So people with braces ought to use waxed floss, while those without braces should use whichever variety they feel comfortable using.

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