Find the Right Water Pik Tip with a Guide

Waterpik is the leading manufacturer of water flossers in the market, and of course, they have the most excellent range of flosser tips. Whether you have braces, implants, bridges, periodontal pockets, or you simply want to wet floss, Waterpik has a flosser tip for you.

There’s no best Waterpik flosser tip because each was created to serve a different purpose. The wide variety of tips may confuse users, so here’s a Waterpik tip guide to help you:

Product
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Where to Buy
Waterpik Classic Jet Tip, JT 100E
Waterpik Classic Jet Tip, High-Pressure Water Flosser Tip Replacement, JT-450E, 2 count (assorted colors)
Waterpik Low Pressure Jet Tip, JT 360E
Genuine Waterpik Plaque Seeker Replacement Tips, Water Flosser Tip Replacement, PS-100E, 2 Pack
Waterpik ultra replacement pik pocket tip
Waterpik Orthodontic Tips Pro OD-100E 2 pk (Pack of 3)
Waterpik Tongue Cleaner Pro TC-100E 2 pk (Pack of 2)
Waterpik Dental Water Jet Replacement Toothbrush Tips TB100E for the WP450 or WP100 by Waterpik Inc.

 

1. Classic Jet Tip 

The Classic Jet Tip is the standard flosser tip for everyday use. It can clean deep between the teeth and below the gum line. It comes standard with any purchase of a Waterpik water flosser for a good reason – it’s because it’s designed for use by anyone. If you don’t have any dental work or hard-to-clean areas of your mouth, then this is your go-to flosser tip.

It comes with a simple, fuss-free design where water shoots up the tube and out of the nozzle, delivering a pressurized stream of water to your mouth.

How to use:

Sit the classic jet tip at your gum line, but don’t allow it to touch. Point the tip straight on so it forms a 90-degree angle with your teeth. Turn the water flosser on and trace along your gum line. Allow water to stream through the gaps between your teeth.

Replace this tip every six months.

2. Classic High-Pressure Tip 

The Classic High-Pressure Tip looks like the Classic Jet Tip at first glance, but don’t let the same design fool you. It produces a much more powerful flossing stream than usual.

A cordless Waterpik model can create pressure of up to 75 PSI. If you want a stronger stream of water than that, a high-pressure flosser tip can help you. This comes with a slightly larger intake hole to allow more water to flow into the tip, and just like that, you already have a stronger stream of water.

How to Use:

Place the Classic High-Pressure Tip at your gum line, but not touching. Aim the tip straight so that it can form a 90-degree angle with your teeth. Turn the wet flosser on, then trace along your gum line. Pause for a while when you come to the gaps between your teeth.

It is recommended that you replace this tip every six months.

3. Classic Low-Pressure Tip 

For those with sensitive gums and teeth, the Classic Low-Pressure Tip can help make wet flossing less uncomfortable. The lowest pressure setting on a cordless Waterpik is 45 PSI, but people with sensitive gums can still feel that it’s too harsh. This tip can help reduce the water pressure to an even lesser degree.

The Classic Low-Pressure Tip has a small fitting to restricts water intake at the connection point. It results in a gentler stream of water flowing out of the nozzle.

How to Use:

Sit the tip at your gum line but don’t let it touch. Aim the tip straight at a 90-degree angle with your teeth. Turn the wet flosser on and trace along the gum line, pausing briefly in the gaps between the teeth.

Replace this tip every six months.

4. Plaque Seeker Tip 

The Plaque Seeker Tip is a bit similar to the Classic Jet Tip, except that there are three tufts of stiff bristles around the nozzle. This tip is particularly effective at removing stubborn strips of plaque from along your gumline. It’s also great at removing plaque that gets stuck in between bridges, implants, crowns, and veneers. If this plaque is not removed daily, it can build-up to the point where it will turn into tartar, which will lead to further dental problems.

The bristles in this tip are stiff, so it won’t lose shape even when reaching for trouble spots at the back of the mouth. While the bristles help loosen hardened and stubborn plaque, the stream of water that shoots out from the hole of the tip washes it away.

Many users also use the Plaque Seeker Tip to clean around the braces, but the Orthodontic Tip is the product specifically designed for that.

How to use:

For general use, place the tip close to where the gums meet the teeth. The bristles must touch the teeth just right above the gum line. Turn your wet flosser on and slowly trace the bristles along the gum line. Pause every time you reach a gap in between teeth to let the water flow through before moving on to the next position.

To clean dental work like crowns, bridges, and implants, simply focus on that specific area. Make sure that the bristles sweep out crevices and other areas of your mouth where plaque accumulates.

Replace it every three months.

5. Pik Pocket Tip 

Pik Pocket Tips are designed to deliver water or mouthwash deep into the periodontal pockets or functions, and any other gap that is between your gum and teeth. When it comes to using this tip, expect it to be gentle. It’s not a high-pressure flosser tip, but it can gently flush out or bring in medicated rinses directly to the gaps below the gum line.

This tip has the finest nozzle out of all flosser tips. It’s made of rubber and can be bent and flexed if you apply pressure. The small size and the rubber tip allows you to be precise, enabling you to deliver water even to the smallest of pockets.

How to Use:

Before using the Pik Pocket tip, set your unit to the lowest pressure setting while it’s still off. Place the tip against the tooth at a 45-degree angle, and gently slide it below the gum line and into the pocket. Turn the water flosser unit on and flush out the pocket. You can flush out your whole gum line by angling the tip as you did before, then trace it along the gum line, adjusting the rubber tip as needed.

Replace this tip every three months.

6. Orthodontic Tip 

The Orthodontic Tip is specifically designed for orthodontic appliances and braces. The wires and brackets in braces are very difficult to clean around. It features a cluster of tapered bristles that are small enough to navigate the metals of your braces. The stream of water shoots through the bristles can help flush out bacteria and food debris where the metal rests in your tooth.

While it’s primarily designed for people with braces, you can also use it for general use. The tightly packed bristles effectively remove plaque so it can be loosened before being washed away by the flow of water.

How to Use:

Put the Orthodontic Tip where your gum meets the tooth. Glide the tip gently along the gum line, pausing in the gaps between the teeth so the water can remove food and debris stuck in the gap. Then, focus on your braces, one tooth at a time. Clean under the wire, around, and outside of the individual bracket.

Before flossing, look in the mirror to see the surface of the tooth that a toothbrush is missing. Focus on these areas with the tip in addition to the braces and gum line.

Replace this tip every three months.

7. Tongue Cleaner Tip 

The Tongue Cleaner Tip has a spoon-like shape that effectively traps and removes bacteria from the tongue. It offers a combination of scraping and flushing action that can remove more bacteria and sulfur compounds that hide on your tongue.

The bacteria that hide in the tongue are commonly responsible for bad breath, and scraping them away can improve your breath. Its daily use can help prevent chronic bad breath. Unlike other tips, the Tongue Cleaner Tip isn’t included in the purchase of any Waterpik water flosser.

How to Use:

Before using the tongue cleaner, adjust the water pressure on your flosser to the lowest setting. Then, place it about halfway down your tongue. Turn the device on and pull forward lightly. Return the tip to its starting position and repeat it until you have scraped along with your entire tongue. Please don’t place the tongue cleaner too far back on your tongue because it can trigger your gag reflex.

8. Toothbrush Tip 

The Toothbrush tip looks like a manual toothbrush but in the shape of a brush head of an Oral-B electric toothbrush. This tip is designed to replace your regular toothbrush, allowing you to brush and floss at the same time.

In the brush head, you will see two rings of bristles that surround a small hole. Water flows out of this hole, just like a regular flosser tip. The steady stream of water washes away loose plaque, and it can be used with or without toothpaste.

Many Waterpik flosser models can’t hold enough water to last a full two minutes of brushing teeth, so if you want to use them, you may have to refill the reservoir halfway through.

How to Use:

Put the Toothbrush Tip in your mouth. The brush head must make contact with the surface of the tooth. Then, turn the water flosser on so that water flows through the tip. Using short strokes, move the brush back and forth gently over the surface of your teeth just like you would when using a regular toothbrush.

Every time you come to the gap between each tooth, pause. Let the water stream through the nozzle, flush out any plaque from the teeth, and then move on to the next. Use light pressure and don’t let the bristles bend by pressing too hard. This will not only damage your teeth but block the flow of water through the nozzle.

Replace this tip every three months.