Hello, I’m Doctor Andrew Bateman at Bateman Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry. I support healthy oral hygiene and regular, consistent check-ups. Hygiene for braces is a bit different.
Here are five vital 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 Lehi families. We’re an active community. I love that. 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.
Thanks for visiting my blog today, hope it helps.
I’ve been treating patients in Salt Lake City, Alpine West, Highland and beyond since 1978. You name it - dental veneers, Cosmetic, dental implants—we do it.
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