Dental visits during Orthodontic Treatment

by televoxweb on Thursday, December 10, 2015 3:48 AM

Are Dental Appointments Necessary During Orthodontic Treatment?

Here at Arthur Orthodontics, we get a lot of questions about the orthodontic treatment process - and one of the most common is as to whether or not it's necessary to see a regular dentist during orthodontic treatment. For many patients, it seems like going to the orthodontist should be enough - after all, aren't they already looking at your teeth? We know there's a lot of confusion around this topic, so we're going to dedicate this blog to settling this issue once and for all.

A Necessary Part of the Process

So, should you see your regular dentist during orthodontic treatment? In a word: absolutely! Regular dental appointments are vital for proper oral health, and they’re even more crucial during orthodontic treatment. During treatment, your teeth are actually more vulnerable to dental decay and cavities. This is because food particles - even microscopic ones - can get stuck in between teeth and under appliances, and the naturally occurring bacteria in your mouth break down the sugars in these particles into acids that attack and corrode the surface of the teeth, leading to decay, cavities, or worse. All of that can not only harm your teeth, but also can also completely derail your orthodontic treatment!

While consistent oral hygiene is a critical part of guarding against these dangers, the truth is it's not enough - only your dentist has the expertise to carefully inspect your teeth, spotting and resolving potential problems before they begin. For this reason, it's absolutely vital that you continue with regular dental checkups during treatment.

Contact Your Scottsdale, AZ Braces & Invisalign Experts

Have more questions about taking care of your teeth? We're always happy to answer them – feel free to reach out to us at our contact page or use our easy online form to schedule an appointment at our Glendale or Scottsdale, AZ office. We can't wait to hear from you, and we look forward to seeing you back at this blog for more tips and info on taking care of your teeth, mouth, and braces.