When it comes to getting a perfect smile, your orthodontist and dentist can work hand-in-hand to help you achieve the best results.
Aside from visiting your orthodontist regularly if you have braces, you should also be visiting your dentist/oral hygienist too. Your dentist is your primary oral care provider and they are an important partner to Newwave Orthodontics in the success of your orthodontic treatment.
Why regular dental cleanings are important with braces
When you have braces, your risk of cavities increases. This is because due to the fact that cleaning your teeth can be quite difficult with brackets and wires in the way! Braces also make it difficult to clean in between your teeth. Food also has a tendency to become stuck between your braces and can make its way into some very hard-to-reach places. When this food is not sufficiently removed, you will find a build-up of plaque, tartar, and an increased risk of decay. Remember, there are microscopic bacteria that live in your mouth and they will take any leftover food debris and form acids which will erode your tooth enamel.
Unfortunately, enamel does not grow back!
Dental cleanings help
Cleaning your teeth with braces is hard. Sure, there are plenty of great products and contraptions on the market to help make it easier for you to get a good clean, but nothing beats the efficacy of a professional cleaning! Your dentist and oral hygienist will be your best team members when it comes to removing tartar from your teeth which is extremely difficult to remove at home. This will ensure that your teeth are at a lower risk for cavities. Should any cavities or decay arise, your dentist will be able to efficiently treat this.
Remember, a straight smile is great, but a straight and healthy smile is the way to go!