The periodic checkups with your orthodontist do not take the place of regular hygiene dental visits while braces are worn. Frequent visits that occur to monitor the teeth straightening process are not intended to clean teeth and check for decay or disease.
Wearing braces is possibly even more of a reason to keep those dental appointments every six months to have teeth thoroughly cleaned. The reason is to remove as much plaque as possible from teeth that may have grown around the brackets and near the gum line.
Bacteria accumulate in the mouth wherever there is an area where the tooth brush and floss do not consistently reach. Just about anything you consume can increase the likelihood that dangerous plaque is building. When plaque is allowed to build unabated, concern for dental decay and gum disease increases. Braces provide innumerable places for plaque to build.
Wearing braces is possibly even more of a reason to keep those dental appointments every six months to have teeth thoroughly cleaned.
Your orthodontist may have you coming in every couple of weeks initially to make sure your braces are doing their job; to check for abrasions and make adjustments to prevent them; and once everyone is satisfied that you are on the right track, the time between periodic visits is extended.
Wearing traditional braces means having wires adjusted in order to gently shift the teeth into their desired positions. That is why consistent visits to the orthodontist are necessary.
One of the final things your regular dentist may require before being fitted with your new braces is to have teeth professionally cleaned. Starting with a “clean slate” will ensure the patient is not dealing with dental decay or gum disease prior to starting orthodontic treatment.
Once braces have been placed, the patient will be instructed on how to floss and brush to maximize protection between dental visits. However, diligence does not guarantee success. Even the patients that brush and floss regularly may develop a cavity or experience problems with gingivitis.
This makes those six months visits with your dental provider more crucial. While prevention is desired, correction may be needed. Regular visits with your dentist are your best means to maintain excellent dental health, which will allow you to enjoy your new smile when your braces are removed.