During your orthodontic treatment, you'll need to visit your orthodontist on a regular basis for checkups and adjustments. But don’t forget to keep visiting your regular dentist, too!
You’ll be in your orthodontist’s office 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 everything's on track.
However, it's also important to make time to visit your dentist for regular cleanings and checkups throughout your orthodontic treatment. In fact, you'll find that more visits than usual are beneficial.
It's your orthodontist’s job is to straighten your teeth and give you a healthy, stable bite. But 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 trapped. Even people who are extremely diligent about brushing and flossing have an increased chance of developing cavities and gum disease during orthodontic treatment. That's why seeing a dentist regularly throughout your treatment is essential.
Your dentist will remove any excess plaque or tartar buildup, and prevent problems from occurring in the first place. And if there is a problem developing, your 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 let you know if she thinks extra visits during your orthodontic treatment are necessary, or if you can continue visiting every six months as usual.