Don’t Underestimate The Importance of Retainers

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The retention phase is an essential milestone. When you’re ready for an orthodontic retainer, the slow, challenging work of moving teeth is over.

Your smile looks extraordinary, but stay with the program.

There is still a lot going on behind the scenes—under the gums. Your jawbone, muscles, and soft tissues are adapting. This takes a while.

What is a Retainer?

A retainer is a custom-made appliance that helps teeth maintain their new position after orthodontic treatment. Retainers may be removable or fixed in the mouth.

Patients who neglect to wear their retainers are at risk. Their beautifully-aligned teeth may shift. If your bite was corrected during treatment, it may revert back to the original condition.

Follow Dr, Gray’s Recommendations

Your dentist will prescribe a schedule for wearing your retainer. Your orthodontic treatment plan is unique. It may differ from that of other patients.

What If I Lose My Retainer?

Occasionally, patients lose their retainers. If this happens, contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry ASAP for a replacement. We understand that life can get hectic. We urge you not to let weeks pass without getting a replacement retainer.

We teach our patients how to care for their retainer. It’s helpful if parents reinforce this training at home for their kids undergoing treatment.

Keep Your Retainer Clean

After eating, clean the retainer with a toothbrush. Brush it carefully with a toothbrush and toothpaste. You can use denture cleaner regularly for a deeper clean.

If your teen has a cell phone, set an alert to remind them to clean their retainer. While you’re at it, set an alert reminding them to keep the retainer in its case when not in use.

Keep Your New Smile Clean!

If it’s important to clean your retainer, it’s no surprise that it’s even more important to clean your beautiful new smile. It will be more straightforward now that the braces are off.

Practice proper oral hygiene. This includes brushing after meals and flossing at least once a day. Flossing and brushing before bed ensures that bits of food don’t sit on teeth all night. For extra cavity prevention, use a fluoride rinse before going to sleep. Saliva is necessary to neutralize acids and rinse bits of food off of teeth.

 

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-717-8560

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 

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Best Practices For a Healthy, Beautiful Smile in La Mesa

Beautiful Smile in La Mesa

Even if you value a beautiful smile in La Mesa, it’s easy to become somewhat neglectful about smile-friendly lifestyle choices. In today’s post, our goal is for you to analyze where you stand and think about whether you could step it up a notch. Committing to oral health best practices can prevent future problems and help you maintain a beautiful smile in La Mesa.

Best Practice for Brushing

Good: Brush teeth once a day.
Better: Brush teeth thoroughly after each meal.
Best: Brush after each meal and floss thoroughly before bed.

Best Practice for Dental Checkups

Good: See your dentist if you get a toothache.
Better: See Dr. Gray once a year even if you don’t notice any dental troubles.
Best: Twice-yearly, have a comprehensive dental exam and professional dental cleaning at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry.

Best Practice for a White Smile

Good: Use a whitening toothpaste.
Better: Use a whitening product at home.
Best: Schedule an in-office tooth bleaching procedure.

Best Practice for Smile-Friendly Nutrition

Good: Eat a wholesome diet.
Better: Eat a healthy diet and limit sugary snacks and beverages.
Best: Eat a nutritious diet, limit between-meal snacking, eat lots of calcium-rich foods, limit sugar-filled foods, abstain from energy drinks and soda, and sip water throughout the day to keep acid at bay.

Best Practice for For Young Smiles

Good: Never put your child to bed with a bottle. When your toddler starts drinking from sippy-cup, don’t let them sip juice or milk all day.
Better: Follow the previous guidance and schedule his/her first dental checkup before the first birthday.
Best: In addition, communicate with Dr. Gray about dental sealants when your child is young. When your little athlete starts participating in sports, make sure they wear a protective mouth guard. Set a good example of daily dental hygiene and healthy lifestyle choices.

At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, we are dedicated to helping our patients achieve a beautiful smile in La Mesa. We invite you to call 619-717-8560 to schedule an appointment. Our practice offers services such as dental crowns, TMJ treatment, and dental implants. We look forward to meeting you.

 

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-717-8560

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942


Protect Your Young Athlete’s Teeth

Do you have a son or daughter that plays youth sports? Soccer, baseball, football, and basketball can be very dangerous for your child’s teeth. A mouth guard from Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa can make a all the difference.

Football is a violent contact sport, yet there is a relatively low rate of tooth injuries that occur in football as compared to other contact sports. Why? Football players are required to wear a mouth guard and a helmet.

Inexpensive athletic dental mouth guards are worth their weight in gold!

If your child participates in a contact sport and does not currently wear a mouth guard, we recommend that you pick up an appropriately-sized mouth guard and make sure they wear it. They are available at most Ladera Ranch athletic supply stores. Some dentists make custom-made athletic mouthguards that deliver even better protection than the one-size-fits-all brands.

At Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa, we can get your child fitted with a custom mouth guard. We also provide dental implants, along with general dentistry. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-717-8560

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942