Ask the Orthodontist: Dr. Pesh speaks on life with braces

Dr. Shawn Pesh of Smile951, serving Southwest Riverside County
Dr. Shawn Pesh, Smile951 Orthodontic Specialists, serving Southwest Riverside County

Q: I’m 28-years-old and new to the area. My new job offers more face time with the public than I’ve ever had before. On my off days I like to work out at a local MMA gym.

Thinking I’m ready to do something about my crooked smile. How will my day to day change if I choose clear braces over Invisalign?

~Josh M.

A: Welcome to the valley Josh!

You’ve found another jewel of Southern California. Many adult candidates still choose braces after reviewing the pros and cons of braces and aligner therapy. Most times the decision is made on lifestyle. With braces you CAN:

  1. Eat everything and anything you eat now
  2. Brush and floss your teeth twice a day
  3. Keep your MMA gym membership

Living life with braces only requires that you be a little more careful. Flossing your teeth with floss threaders may add 5-10 minutes to your day. Investing in a custom sports mouthguard AFTER your braces are on will aid in orthodontic treatment.

Live life smiling.

~Dr. Pesh

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Did you know? The American Association of Orthodontists recommends EVERY CHILD see an orthodontist by age 7.

Smile951 Orthodontic Specialists provides free initial exams. No referral is necessary.

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