During your orthodontic treatment, you will have to visit your orthodontist on a regular basis for checkups and adjustments. But don’t forget to keep visiting your dentist, too!
You’ll likely be in your orthodontist’s office fairly frequently throughout your orthodontic treatment, whether you have braces or Invisalign. Your orthodontist will need to check on your progress regularly to make sure that things are on track.
But it is also important to make time to visit your dentist for regular cleanings and checkups throughout your orthodontic treatment. In fact, you may find that more visits that usual are beneficial.
An orthodontist’s job is to straighten your teeth and give you a healthy, stable bite. They can’t do that if your oral health is compromised due to cavities or gum disease.
Wearing braces, or even Invisalign, can create more crevices on your teeth where food particles, plaque and debris can get stuck. Even those who are extremely diligent about brushing and flossing have an increased chance of developing cavities and gum disease during orthodontic treatment for this reason. This is why seeing a dentist regularly throughout your treatment is essential.
Your dentist can remove any excess plaque or tartar buildup, and prevent problems from occurring in the first place. And if there is a problem developing, the dentist will be able to catch it early on, keeping it from getting worse and helping to keep your orthodontic treatment on track, too.
Your dentist will tell you if she thinks extra visits during your orthodontic treatment are necessary, or if you can continue visiting every six months as usual.