Now that you have braces, are you thinking you may not have to see your dentist regularly? After all, you are now seeing Dr. Horner on a regular basis! Patients routinely ask if they should continue to see their dentist as usual, while going through orthodontic treatment.  The answer is…YES!

The best reason to visit your dentist while you undergo orthodontic treatment is to remove tartar and plaque. Having braces provides more places for food particles and bacteria to hide. Eventually, plaque and tartar can form around your brackets, or bands…and these can lead to cavities. Having your teeth regularly cleaned by your dentist can help ensure most, if not all, plaque and tartar is removed. Even if you are undergoing clear aligner treatment (or Invisalign®), dental checkups and cleanings are equally as important.

Another reason to visit a dentist is to help protect your teeth from decalcification, or the loss of calcium in your teeth. Decalcification is irreversible and if left untreated, can lead to cavities. Decalcification is preventable; patients who cut down on sugary sweets and acidic foods, practice good oral hygiene, and visit their dentist regularly can help prevent decalcification.

One more reason we recommend visiting your dentist while you have braces is that cavities aren’t good! They can prolong your treatment. If you want to complete your orthodontic treatment on time and without any delays, visiting your dentist as recommended can go a long way toward making that a realistic goal. Your dentist can provide fluoride treatments or other treatments that strengthen your teeth and protect them from cavities.

Be sure to visit your dentist, and your teeth will look their best when your braces come off. If you do not have a general dentist and would like a referral for one in the Sioux Falls area, please give us a call or let us know at your next adjustment appointment.