Teeth Cleanings During Orthodontic Treatment

cleanings during orthodontic treatment

Do you still need to visit your dentist while wearing braces? Yes! If you have braces, it’s more important than ever to visit your dentist for teeth cleanings. On top of getting regular cleanings during orthodontic treatment, be sure to care for your teeth at home on a daily basis in order to maintain a healthy smile.

Why Are Regular Cleanings So Important?

Regular dental cleanings are extremely important for maintaining good dental and oral health throughout orthodontic treatment. If you have braces, you are at higher risk for dental health problems such as enamel staining, decalcification, and tooth decay around brackets. Brackets and wires have lots of tiny spaces where food particles and plaque can get trapped. Your dentist and dental hygienist will help clean these hard-to-reach spaces in order to prevent problems and keep your teeth healthy.

How Often Do You Need Cleanings During Orthodontic Treatment?

You should visit your dentist for regular dental exams and cleanings every six months, or twice a year, regardless of whether or not you have braces. Your orthodontist may recommend that you get even more frequent cleanings during orthodontic treatment. Some patients benefit from visiting their dentist twice as often, or about every three months, while wearing braces.

Remember: It’s also very important to practice good oral hygiene at home between office visits! Click here to read our previous post on how to brush and floss properly with braces. We recommend using an Oral B electric toothbrush with an orthodontic brush head.

Gorgeous Grins Program

At Dougherty Orthodontics, we care so much about good dental hygiene, we believe it should be rewarded. With our Gorgeous Grins program, we’ll track your dental cleanings and help remind you when it’s time to go back. You’ll get a Gorgeous Grins card to bring with you to the dentist. Have your hygienist fill it out, then bring it back to our office. Both you and your hygienist will be entered to win great prizes like gift cards, DVDs, or movie tickets! Learn more about our Gorgeous Grins program and other fun rewards.

Have questions about teeth cleanings during orthodontic treatment? Think your child may need braces? Contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Dougherty. Call our office at 636.825.1000 or email info@doughertyorthodontics.com.