Some patients may think that they do not need to follow with their general dentist while they are under the care of an orthodontist, but that’s a misconception that can have negative ramifications for your oral health. You still should see your general dentist every six months for exams and cleanings even while you are wearing braces. This will help to ensure that your smile stays beautiful and healthy for when the braces come off!
In fact, routine general dental care is quite important while you are wearing braces. The appliances can easily trap food particles that provide a nutrition source for oral bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease. Furthermore, it’s more challenging to keep your teeth clean with just regular brushing and flossing when you’re trying to make your way around your braces in your oral hygiene routine.
Additionally, your teeth are still susceptible to oral diseases, like tooth decay and periodontal disease, while you are wearing braces, so it’s important to have your dentist monitor your smile for signs of these conditions. These concerns typically warrant interventions, such as fillings or restorations, that would not be provided by your orthodontist either.
It’s understandable that you might have some confusion as to whether to consult with your orthodontist or your dentist about a problem. If something comes up, you can always call our office and check with one of our knowledgeable staff members to see which provider can address your issue.
Your orthodontist and dentist can communicate with each other for continuity of care purposes, if necessary. This will help to keep all involved parties updated on your status.
Don’t think that you’re off the hook from seeing your dentist while you are wearing braces. Those semi-annual appointments are an essential part of your oral health routine before, during and after your orthodontic care. Please contact our office if you have any questions about coordinating your orthodontic treatment around your routine dental care.