Having braces in West Jordan uncovers unique concerns. At Jordan Landing Smiles, we support healthy oral hygiene and regular, consistent check-ups. Hygiene for braces is a bit different.
Here are five essential concerns to keep in mind with traditional metal 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 mouth guard 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.
An alternative is Invisalign clear braces. Invisalign is new approach to straightening teeth. Patients wear a series of clear aligners that gradually bring their bite into proper alignment. Unlike conventional braces, there are no wires and no metal. These aligners can even be removed at mealtime, and to brush and floss your teeth.