Wearing braces is a great investment in your oral health and self-confidence. Straight teeth tend to be healthier than misaligned teeth. Additionally, possessing a straight-looking smile adds a surge in self-esteem. With regular visits to your orthodontist, you might be wondering if general dental checkups are still necessary. Our practice recommends that patients who are currently undergoing orthodontic treatment continue to visit a dentist for cleanings and checkups.
The Importance of Dental Cleanings and Checkups During Orthodontic Treatment
While wearing braces is an excellent choice for your future, you will likely encounter some difficulty keeping your teeth clean. This is because food and plaque can become lodged underneath orthodontic appliances like metal wires and brackets. Even if you brush and floss thoroughly, you could still miss hard to reach places. For this reason, regular cleanings are very important to controlling plaque and tartar buildup. During cleanings, our hygienists will remove tartar deposits with handheld tools so that you can reduce your risk for gum disease and other dental health problems.
Even if you brush and floss thoroughly, you could still miss hard to reach places.
Checkups are important, too. During your examination, our team will evaluate the health of your entire mouth and check on structures not visible to the trained eye with X-rays and other diagnostic tools. With advanced technology, our team can detect enamel loss and tooth decay among other potential problems in their earliest stages. For instance, if we detect enamel loss, we may apply a prescription fluoride treatment to strengthen your teeth. Early detection is an important component of preventing oral health issues and treating conditions as conservatively as possible so that you can enjoy vibrant oral health.
Our team is experienced and trained to work with patients who are currently seeing an orthodontist for treatment. Even with braces, we can still provide the same high-quality care that you and your family are used to.
For questions or to schedule a cleaning or checkup, call Ora Dental Studio at your convenience.