When wearing braces, you'll need to visit with your orthodontist approximately once every six weeks to check on your progress. During these appointments, your orthodontist will inspect your teeth and tighten your arch wires to continue the progression of moving your teeth into their desired position.
However, some orthodontic patients incorrectly believe this means that they don't need to see their family dentist during that time, and that simply isn't true.
Keeping Your Teeth CleanDuring your orthodontic appointments, you will likely be in and out of the office quickly as your orthodontist inspects your braces. You won't have a cleaning done, so plaque and tartar that have been allowed to accumulate on your teeth won't be removed. You'll need a general or family dentist for that, so make sure that you are setting up regular appointments even when you have braces.
Regular cleanings are especially important when you have braces because it can be so difficult to clean with these appliances in place. Food and debris can get stuck in between your braces or wedged between the teeth, and with brackets and wires in the way, removing them can become a real challenge. Your dentist will help to ensure that your teeth are as clean and healthy as possible.
Detecting - and Preventing - Dental ProblemsYour orthodontist's major concerns are your bite and the alignment of your teeth, and he will be focused primarily on how well your braces are moving your teeth into their desired position.
He won't be looking for signs of decay or gum disease. Your family dentist will, and he can detect small problems and suggest treatment options before they are able to become major - and expensive - fixes.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (206) 501-4566 today.