We've Moved!

We are now located in Aurora at 5001 S. Parker Rd., Suite 201 — on the NW corner of S. Parker Rd. and E. Belleview Ave. in the Point Belleview building.

Brush. Floss. Swish.

I wear braces, so I need to brush and floss after I eat or drink anything. REALLY?

healthy-smileWhen you wear braces, you, Dr. Shaver and your dentist work together as a team. We all share the same goal – for you to have a sensational, healthy smile with beautiful, straight, white teeth.

  • Dr. Shaver straightens your teeth with an individualized treatment plan.
  • Your dentist helps keep your smile healthy with regular professional cleanings and check-ups.
  • You, however, are the one who must take special care of your teeth every single day throughout the length of your treatment — and that takes a little extra time and effort.

We strongly recommend that you closely follow the oral hygiene instructions provided to you during your initial treatment. These instructions are outlined in detail on our website under the oral hygiene section for quick an easy reference throughout your treatment.

When you wear braces, it’s very important to carefully brush, floss and thoroughly rinse your mouth after you eat anything — or at least four times a day (after you eat breakfast, lunch and dinner, and before you go to bed). That’s because braces, wires, bands and even retainers all trap food particles that can cause plaque to build up on your teeth.

Good Hygiene. Your Extra Effort Is Worth It!

When you wear braces, good oral hygiene does take a little extra effort. Take good care of your teeth and braces throughout your treatment and you’ll see that your extra efforts are rewarded with a sensational, healthy smile—and fresh breath, too!

Plaque is a thin, sticky, colorless deposit of bacteria that constantly forms on everyone’s teeth. Whenever you eat, the sugars and starches in your food cause the bacteria (“Sugar Bugs & Starch Slugs”) to produce damaging acids that attack your tooth enamel. With time and repeated acid attacks the tooth enamel breaks down, causing cavities, permanent marks and stains on teeth. Plaque build-up also causes bad breath and gum disease.

To make sure none of these things happen to your smile, make a habit of brushing and flossing after you eat anything. If you can’t brush, at least swish your mouth with water. Swishing with water will help clear your braces of large food particles until you can brush.