Traditional braces consist of various hardware components such as brackets, wires, bands and spacers. This creates a system that allows our Orthodontist, Dr. John R. Schouten to gradually correct the alignment of your teeth.
Maintaining strong teeth and a healthy mouth is very important for a successful realignment. Food particles, plaque buildup and other bacterial deposits that accumulate on your teeth and especially around your braces can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. These serious health conditions can complicate, and potentially increase the amount of time it takes to improve the alignment of your teeth.
Having regular dental checkups cleanings every six months is also important. This also includes a comprehensive dental exam for early detection of developing oral health problems as well as a professional cleaning to remove bacterial deposits from your teeth and braces. If you are struggling to clean and maintain a specific area, our orthodontist can give you tips to help you effectively clean your teeth, especially around your dental work. This might include using an interdental brush, floss threader, or water flosser device. You should also make sure that all of your oral care products have earned the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance.
If you live in the Springville, Utah, region and you need help maintaining a healthy mouth and clean braces, you can always call 801.491.9372 to schedule an appointment to speak to a member of Schouten Orthodontics.