Going through orthodontic treatment with braces is one of the best ways to set yourself up for better long-term oral health while also improving the way our smile looks and feels. However, you should still stay on top of your regular teeth cleanings by going to the dentist. In fact, going to the dentist when you have braces is even more important than without. You’ll need to stay on top of your oral health to make sure your smile is not only straight when you get your braces off, but also bright and healthy.
Each Specialist Has their Unique Focus
In the same way that you should choose an orthodontist for your orthodontic treatment instead of your dentist, you should also stick to your dentist for teeth cleaning. Your orthodontist has gone to dental school and has even more education and training than a dentist, but that doesn’t mean you should rely on your orthodontist to keep your teeth clean and healthy during your treatment. They can provide tips for cleaning your teeth and identify areas of concern for your oral health, but they will remain focused on straightening your teeth to get you your new smile.
Your Dentist Can Provide Needed Treatments for Oral Health
When you see your dentist, you can talk about any concerns you have about sensitive teeth, jaw discomfort, and more. If you have cavities or other issues with your teeth, your dentist will be able to provide fillings if needed and prescribe any necessary treatments to get your teeth and your gums fully healthy. Your dentist will also be able to give you a complete teeth cleaning that gets the really hard-to-reach areas where bacteria and plaque can build up, leading to decay.
Having Braces Means You Will Need More Cleanings
While having braces is the best way for you to achieve a straight and bright smile, it also comes with inherent risks to your oral health. It is easier for food particles to get stuck around your teeth, and it is also harder to get them out. This can lead to increased levels of plaque, which puts you at risk for tooth decay.
One way you can fight this is by keeping up with regular oral hygiene techniques like cleaning your teeth with a toothbrush and toothpaste and flossing with a floss threader. But since it will be harder to thoroughly clean your teeth, it’s important to also make regular appointments with your dentist so they can get rid of tartar buildup. They can also provide you with additional tips and tricks to better clean your teeth with braces.
When it comes to visiting your dentist while you have braces, you should see them more often than when you didn’t have braces. The recommended interval while you have braces is about three to four times per year to stay on top of tartar buildup and avoid cavities.
To learn more about how to care for your teeth with braces and to schedule your free consultation, contact Charleston Orthodontic Specialists today!