Take 5: Straight Talk About Braces
The team at Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry in Seattle supports healthy oral hygiene and regular, consistent check-ups. Hygiene for braces is a bit different.
Here are five concerns to keep in mind with braces:
1. Be Careful What You Eat
Sweets and extra food stuck in hard-to-notice spaces may lead to plaque and yellowing around the appliances in your mouth. Avoid sweets, juices, sodas, anything that will stain your teeth. Also, sticky things like gum and caramel can break the equipment in your mouth.
2. Consider a Mouthguard
Sports are the center of life for many families. We’re an active community. A quality mouthguard provides important protection for both your teeth and braces.
3. Take Time for Gum Health
Maintaining healthy gums requires deliberate brushing and flossing. In the past, two minutes of quality brushing was acceptable. Braces are trickier to clean. What’s another minute to make sure every nook and cranny is taken care of?
4. Check the Mirrors
Humans are exceptional at noticing flaws. Check your smile often in a mirror to keep your braces free of obvious food particles.
5. Smile with Confidence
At first, people will notice the change in your smile. But if you’re relaxed about your new braces, soon your friends will simply look past them without even noticing.
If you are looking for an experienced dentist, call Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry in Seattle to schedule an exam and consultation. Our services include general dentistry, sedation dentistry, dental implants, and cosmetic dentistry.
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