A lot of people get confused when it comes to dental visits while they are wearing braces. Even though they are seeing their orthodontist regularly for adjustments and/or check-ups, they are not sure if they should still see their dentist. The answer is yes. Routine bi-annual dental cleanings and examinations should never be postponed, unless you want to put your oral health at serious risk.
At Healthy Smile Centre, we encourage our patients who are undergoing teeth straightening treatment to see the dentist in Alexandria regularly for cleanings. Depending on the type of braces you wear, your teeth may be more vulnerable to tooth decay and gum disease.
Cleanings are really important when you are wearing braces
Braces are no excuse for abandoning your oral hygiene. In fact, it’s more important than ever to retain a thorough oral hygiene routine because food remains are more likely to get trapped around your brackets and wires, causing bacteria to grow. Moreover, effective flossing can be impossible when you are wearing braces – at least when wires are involved. In any case, visiting your dentist in Alexandria for cleanings throughout your teeth straightening treatment is really important. At the same time, you should cut back on sweets and acidic foods, which can speed up the accumulation of plaque and bacteria in-between your teeth.
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Chances are that you are having teeth straightening treatment with us. In that case, the dentist or oral hygienist who will supervise your tooth cleanings will not be the same dentist who oversees your teeth straightening treatment. When you make your appointment, make sure to remind us that you wear braces. While there is no special procedure required for cleaning teeth with braces, we will need more time to go around the brackets and wires and ensure that your teeth are adequately cleaned. Letting us know in advance will help us book the best slot available for both you and your dentist in Alexandria.
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Overall, oral hygiene with braces is not difficult provided that you see your regular dentist in Alexandria every now and then for thorough cleanings.