It is a common assumption while a person is undergoing orthodontic treatment that they do not need to visit their general dentist since they are seeing their orthodontist on a monthly basis. However, unless your orthodontist offers dental hygiene cleanings, you will still need to continue scheduling routine check ups with them every 6 months.
Although Orthodontists are trained dentists, the services they provide are different. Dental offices deep clean your teeth and check for cavities, gingivitis and periodontal disease. It will be easier for your dentist to fix these types of issues before you have brackets and attachments on the tooth. Our goal at Cardinal Orthodontics is to help our patients achieve beautiful smiles the healthy way. That is why we urge our patients to get dental cleanings prior to starting treatment with our office.
If you are wanting to begin your orthodontic treatment but haven’t been to your dentist in some time, it is best to schedule an appointment with them first and foremost. When there is plaque or buildup on the teeth, brackets tend to pop off easier because they don’t have a smooth, clean surface to stick to. Orthodontists try to avoid this at all costs!
While wearing braces, it can be hard to clean around the brackets and attachments. Dental hygienists are trained to get into these hard to reach areas to prevent plaque buildup and tooth decay. Seeing your dentist will also help avoid decalcification, which are white spots on your teeth where the brackets use to be.
Once your braces are off, it’s smart to schedule a cleaning with your dentist to remove any excess plaque buildup. Your dental hygienist will polish your teeth and help your smile look and feel as healthy as possible.
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