Having braces uncovers unique dental hygiene concerns, primarily with traditional braces. Most of these concerns can be avoided with clear braces from St. Mary’s Dental in Mechanicsville MD.
With traditional braces, there are five important thing 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.
2. Consider a Mouthguard
Sports are the center of life for many families. 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. Take 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.
Clear braces, like those of Invisalign, are another kettle of fish. Similar to an athlete’s mouthguard, Invisalign clear braces can be removed at mealtime and when you brush your teeth.
Even better, they are not very noticeable. Some people even refer to them as invisible braces. Not everyone who needs their teeth straightened is a candidate for clear braces, but you might be.
St. Mary’s Dental in Mechanicsville MD provides Invisalign clear braces to viable candidates. We also provide general and family dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry procedures like teeth whitening. Call our office today.