If you’re getting braces, you may be wondering whether you still have to see a dentist as well as seeing your orthodontist. The answer is yes! In fact, it becomes even more important for you to see your dentist regularly when you have braces. You may have plaque buildup or food particles stuck in your teeth or on your braces that your toothbrush can’t reach. This can cause bacteria to build up, which can lead to cavities, gum disease, or gingivitis.
Why You Should Keep Seeing Your Dentist
There are a few very good reasons to keep seeing your dentist when you have braces. As a matter of fact, because braces tend to create more spaces for bacteria and food particles to build up, it is recommended that you see your dentist more often when you have braces than when you don’t, about every 3-4 months.
Reason #1: Straight teeth are great, but if they’re covered in cavities… not so much. Your oral health is extremely important when you have braces, and continuing to see your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings is a good way to ensure that your teeth are getting the best care possible.
Reason #2: Your gums need love, too! Gum health is something many people don’t think about until it’s too late and a problem arises. Gingivitis, gum disease, bleeding, and pain can all be very unpleasant to deal with. Your gum health is as important to a healthy smile as your teeth are, so let your dentist continue to make sure your gums are healthy.
Reason #3: Decalcification is not a good thing. When bacteria builds up on your teeth and is allowed to stay there (or maybe you missed some spots when brushing), cavities begin to develop. The beginning stage of a cavity is decalcification, where your teeth lose calcium and the affected areas turn extremely white. Sometimes this happens around the brackets of braces where they’re attached to your teeth, and your dentist can help prevent this from becoming a serious issue by making sure your teeth are as clean as they possibly can be every 3-4 months or so.
Reason #4: Your dentist will likely be the first person to notice when something is going on with your teeth. When you see a dentist regularly, he or she can give you a heads up if it looks like you might need orthodontic treatment.
Are you ready to get braces and reveal your spectacular smile? We will work in conjunction with your dentist to make sure your orthodontic treatment goes as smoothly as possible. The health of your teeth and gums is just as important during orthodontic treatment as making sure your braces are making the progress they should be. Give us a call today at 816-384-0801 to schedule your first appointment!
Read more about braces from the official blog of the American Dental Association here
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