(818) 980-5300 5445 Laurel Canyon Blvd.
Valley Village, CA   91607
  • An estimated four million people in the U.S. each year undergo orthodontic treatment. If one of those patients is your teenager, you are probably faced with the daunting task of making sure they take care of their teeth and braces. While kids and teens normally love bright, shiny things, that concept probably doesn’t hold true for their orthodontia. Follow these tips to help your teen have a successful experience while wearing their braces.

    Encourage lots of brushing

    Individuals without braces are supposed to brush twice a day, so double that number if you are an orthodontic patient. Remembering to brush may not make your teen’s priority list, so offer gentle reminders throughout the day.

    Send a travel toothbrush

    Because your teen likely spends hours away from home, you should purchase a toothbrush and toothpaste for on the go. Your son or daughter will have a harder time fighting you on this point if you supply the right tools.

    Focus on getting between teeth

    Though it may be more difficult, your teen needs to floss once a day and focus on reaching between teeth, at the gum lines, and around brackets. Flossing is the best way to combat plaque accumulation.

    Schedule professional cleanings

    When your teen has braces, regular cleanings are critical. Because they have a harder time getting all the areas spick and span, you should make sure to visit the dentist’s office. The hygienist will be able to remove tartar and any build up on teeth.

    Recruit help

    Sometimes, teenagers respond better when the information doesn’t come from their parents. Ask your orthodontist and dentist to explain the importance of good hygiene to your child.

    Caring for your child’s teeth – Dr. 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)