(818) 980-5300 5445 Laurel Canyon Blvd.
Valley Village, CA   91607
  • When you have braces or other orthodontic appliances, your teeth need special care. Making sure to follow proper oral hygiene steps will ensure optimal results and prevent any treatment delays. These tips will help you take good care of your teeth and gums during treatment.

    • Brush your teeth after eating meals and when you snack so that food doesn’t get trapped between braces.
    • If you can’t brush right away, rinse your mouth with water.
    • Make sure to floss at least once a day.
    • Flossing may be more difficult so ask your orthodontist about floss threaders, which will help you get the floss between your braces. Waxed floss may work better because it won’t fray.
    • Find out if your orthodontist has any special recommendations about the toothbrush you should use. You can find toothbrushes designed to make brushing more efficient, including V-shaped brushes, brushes that bend at the neck, and round hard brushes.
    • Use toothpaste with fluoride, which will give your teeth extra protection against decay.
    • Avoid hard or sticky foods like bubble gum, caramel, or nuts while you have braces because these items can damage brackets.
    • Limit soft drinks because they are very acidic and may cause decalcification, a precursor to tooth decay, around your brackets.
    • Schedule regular checkups with your dentist at least every six months. Depending on your situation, the dentist or orthodontist may recommend more frequent visits while you have braces.
    • Don’t pull or pick at your braces.

    Orthodontist in Sherman Oaks, California – Dr. Mehdi Fotovat – Burbank Orthodontist – WebBraces.com

    Mehdi Fotovat, D.D.S.


    5445 Laurel Canyon Blvd.

    Valley Village, CA 91607

    (818) 980-5300

    Our practice is conveniently located on Laurel Canyon Blvd. between Burbank Blvd. and Chandler Blvd. in Valley Village. Free parking is available behind the building.

    Our Hours

    Mon: 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

    Tue: 8:00 am – 4:45 pm (closed for lunch 12-1:00)

    Wed: 8:00 am – 4:45 pm (closed for lunch 12-1:00)

    Thu: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (closed for lunch 1-2:00)

    Fri: 7:30 am – 3:30 pm (closed for lunch 12-12:30)