The short answer is yes.
In fact, it’s more important than ever to see your dentist while you have braces on. How often you visit your dentist for cleanings and checkups could even affect how long you have to wear braces for.
What’s the connection?
The Foundation of a Healthy Smile
Straight teeth are nice and all, but making your teeth look nice would be absolutely pointless if they aren’t healthy.
Teeth need to be kept clean and free of plaque bacteria. If plaque accumulates, then they are likely to develop cavities. The plaque that collects along the gum line will also irritate the gums.
Frequent dental checkups ensure that your braces are clean and your teeth healthy.
Making a Success of Your Braces
Letting plaque and tartar collect can lead to complications like:
It can also be harder for your orthodontist to make adjustments. In the end, it is harder to straighten teeth that are covered with buildup! It will take longer to finish treatment, and it’s hard to treat cavities with braces on.
Two Dental Offices, Double the Payoff
For a time, it may be an annoyance to visit your orthodontist for adjustments in addition to regular dental checkups. But you will be so glad you did!
Staying on top of your dental health is the best way to get the most out of your braces. Both your dentist and orthodontist can recommend techniques for cleaning your teeth and braces at home. You might be surprised to learn that there are many dental offices that also provide orthodontic treatment. Ask your dentist about one-stop-shop orthodontic services available in your area.
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One of the biggest challenges that are presented when you wear braces is how to keep your teeth as clean as possible. After all, even a few areas of missed plaque can cause white lines or circles to permanently develop across your teeth. Inadequate cleaning can also cause gingival inflammation, causing gums to swell and even appear as if they are growing over your orthodontic appliances. Thankfully, a great home care routine can prevent and reverse problems such as these.
Get above your brackets. One of the most commonly missed areas when you brush around braces is the area between the bracket and the gumlines. You may decide to brush over or under the brackets, and then come back and brush above them next to the gums. Be sure to pull your lip back far enough to allow easy access. This area is typically missed simply to people being in too big of a rush when they are brushing.
Get between your brackets (and your teeth.) Brushing alone will not clean the areas between your teeth. Flossing with a floss threader or water flosser will ensure that bacteria between the teeth are removed, so that you do not develop cavities. Small hand-held proxa-brushes are perfect for brushing the areas between your brackets, under the wires. These short brushes look like a small pipe cleaner, and can be used quite a few times before being discarded.
A few extra minutes each day can save you hours of dental work later on…you’ve made the investment in your braces, now it’s time to make the investment to keep your teeth healthy at the same time!
Posted on behalf of Dr. Hye Park
Orthodontic patients have many extra surface areas in their mouth that need to be kept clean. From brackets, wires, temporary appliances or bonded retainers, these small areas are prone to collect food debris, plaque and tartar buildup. Keeping those areas clean protects your tooth enamel from becoming decalcified or developing decay.
Here are some tips for keeping your teeth clean and healthy when you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment:
Use an electric toothbrush. Electric brushes remove more plaque biofilm than manual toothbrushes, and many models offer different sized brush heads that can allow for easy access in hard to reach areas.
Rinse with fluoride every night. If you’re not already using a prescription fluoride gel, use an over the counter fluoride rinses after you brush your teeth each evening. This helps restore vital minerals into the teeth and prevent weakened enamel and decay.
Use a water-flossing device. Water flossers are more convenient than traditional floss and can remove bacteria from between the teeth. Some water flossers also have detachable brush tips that can be used to remove debris around brackets and under the wires between your teeth. Most people find water flossers to be very easy to use, and many studies show that they actually clean better than regular flossing.
Get regular dental cleanings. Once plaque has calcified into tartar, it can only be removed by a dental professional. Cleanings every 6 months can help keep your mouth healthy and freshen your breath.
All too often, younger patients don’t keep their mouth clean enough and as a result they can develop white decalcified circles on their teeth on the areas where brackets once were. Ask your Johns Creek dentist or orthodontist to check to see how well you’re cleaning your teeth and if there are any areas you are missing.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Mitul Patel
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