Gentle Dental of Shelby Township
4737 24 Mile Rd Suite 1, Shelby Township, MI 48316

Three tips for caring for your braces

Caring for your braces

When you have braces, keeping up with good dental hygiene is incredibly important. Beyond regular flossing and brushing, there are other things you should keep in mind to make sure you smile stays healthy and bright. Here are three tips to help you care for your braces.

1. Use fluoride toothpaste

One of the dangers of braces is that food and plaque can build up and cause decalcification, which can lead to cavities and white spots, according to BracesGuide.com. In order to avoid this damage, you should make sure to use fluoride toothpaste when brushing.

2. Eat softer foods

While you don’t need to shift your entire diet, ColgateProfessional.com recommends sticking with certain foods whenever possible to protect your teeth. Foods that have high acid levels like citrus fruits, pickles, tomatoes, salad dressings and soft drinks can damage your enamel.

3. Brush individual teeth

When you’re trying to work around your braces, it can be difficult to get to some places with standard brushing techniques. Because of this, OralB.com suggests focusing on each tooth individually to make sure you remove all food and plaque.

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The staff at Gentle Dental in Shelby Twp have been my dental professionals for over 20 years. The facility is extremely clean, the dentists are knowledgeable and friendly, Debi the dental hygienist […]
Michele C.
I am new to this office and my first appointment was pleasant (well… as pleasant as going to the dentist can be, I guess!). The staff was nice and I loved Dr. Steffens.
Casey V.
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James M.
There are so many great reviews of this place and due to my skepticism, I was a little worried that they were fabricated but truly, they are not! I took my chances and went to the office to find that […]
Lauren B.
I had not been to dentist in eight years because of bad experience somewhere else. I finally bit the bullet and made an appointment at gentle dental in Shelby. I feared that it had been so long I […]
Joshua B.
always please with the office and staff
Janet J.
Great care and they don’t push unnecessary products or treatments. Just like my old family Dentist. Highly recommend.
Kay B.
The office staff is very friendly and I love my hygienist, Debi.
Lori D.
Debbie is an awesome hygienist. She is a passionate about her job and it shows in the results. Kate and Joslyn are awesome too. Keep up the good work GD Shelby.
Mark M.
They are super nice and very gentel I hate going to the dentist but felt secure here. It’s great they are open late a couple nights a week so my husband can go and doesn’t have to take […]
Ladeana S.
Staff is friendly and service great. Very professional
Paula G.
Because the dentist and staff is phenomenal!
Shelley A.
The staff was very nice and professional. Dr Torres was great and he was very informative and explained the procedures.
Margo M.
My cleaning, x-rays and examination were all handled very professionally and efficiently, so I was done in less than one hour.
Thomas M.
very nice and friendly. very good dentist and cleaning done for your teeth
Robert B.
Professionalism and kindness of all staff members.
Meagan J.
Great dentist! First time there and I didn’t feel any pressured into anything. Great experience.
Katelyn M.
Dr. STEFFENS is great ! She took her time in explaining the procedure that she was performing and did a excellent job. Deborah, the Hygienist is fantastic ! as well . The entire staff at the office […]
Michael S.
Everyone here was so extremely friendly and professional. Going to the dentist is not my favorite thing to do but they sure made it a great experience
Georgina K.
Because they are so nice and friendly.
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  • Monday 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Saturday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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