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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