Getting routine dental cleanings throughout orthodontic treatment is an absolute must. Many people think that while wearing braces or Invisalign this is not necessary since they are visiting their orthodontist so often. Keep in mind, most orthodontists do not perform dental hygiene appointments at their practice. This means when you’re visiting your orthodontist, your teeth aren’t being cleaned- just straightened!
Going to the Dentist BEFORE Orthodontic Treatment
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 your teeth. At Fry Orthodontics, we want to help our patients achieve a beautiful smile the healthy way. This is why we require patients to see their dentist before starting braces or Invisalign with our practice.
Why having clean teeth BEFORE orthodontic treatment is important
When there is plaque or buildup on the teeth, brackets tend to pop off a lot easier. They like to have a smooth, clean surface to stick to! Ultimately, having healthy teeth before starting orthodontic treatment will likely present less issues and give patients a better result in the end.
Going to the Dentist DURING Orthodontic Treatment
While wearing braces especially, 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. This is why scheduling dental cleanings throughout orthodontic treatment is important.
Seeing your dentist during orthodontic treatment will also prevent decalcification, or “decal”. Decalcification are white spots on the teeth that appear where the brackets use to be. This is caused by poor brushing, and an overconsumption of sugary and acidic drinks.
White marks on teeth are permanent. This is why drinking water and seeing your dentist for deep cleanings throughout orthodontic treatment is extremely important. To learn more about decalcification, or white spots on teeth click here.
Going to the Dentist AFTER Orthodontic Treatment
It’s smart to schedule a cleaning with your dentist to remove any excess plaque buildup once your braces are off. Your dental hygienist will polish your teeth and help your smile look and feel as healthy as possible.