I was talking to a friend the other day about my upcoming dental cleaning appointment and she mentioned that she needs to make an appointment for herself but it’s tough because now her and her son will be off schedule. Confused, I ask her what she meant and she went on to say that her son has braces now so he won’t be receiving his annual cleanings. I was so surprised at how confident she was in the thought that just because he has braces that it would excuse him from his dental cleanings. There’s many things in life that it’s okay to take a break from but your cleanings shouldn’t be one of them, even if you’re currently sporting braces. Actually, it’s probably even more pertinent to attend your annual cleanings when you’re going through orthodontic treatment. Let me tell you why and debunk any myths you may have picked up along the way.
You, your orthodontist, and your primary dentist are all on the same team and all want the same thing in the end: for you to have a healthy, beautiful smile with white, straight teeth. Even while under the care of an orthodontist, your primary dentist will still see and treat you for any problems or concerns that may arise such as a toothache, decay, fillings, etc. By continuing to see your dentist annually for cleanings, they will be able to be kept up to date on what’s going on with you. So if you need to call your dentist for a problem, they will know where you stand and will be able to assist you better instead of there being a 1+ year gap since the last time they saw you.
Avoid Tooth Decay
When you have braces, they create different nooks and crannies that are easy to get food and other bacteria trapped in which could lead to tooth decay. Because of this, it’s still so important to continue to go in for your regular dental cleanings. Your hygienist can get in between all of those new spaces and make sure there’s no food or plaque buildup that will lead to tooth decay and other dental problems such as decalcification which braces-wearers are more prone to.
As previously mentioned, there are a few areas of concern that you are more at risk for when you have braces. There’s more room for cavities, tooth decay, tooth discoloration, and decalcification. Because of this, it’s even more important to be diligent in your oral health hygiene. Make sure you brush your teeth multiple times per day, floss, and still attend your cleanings at your dentist’s office. The combination of all of these things will help you maintain not only a beautiful, straight smile, but a healthy smile as well.
At Charmoy Dental, your healthy smile is just as important to us as your straight smile is. Make sure you give our office a call at 973-584-0008 to schedule your next cleaning appointment, with or without braces!