Do I Have To See My General Dentist during Orthodontic Treatment?

Now that you have braces you’re probably thinking dental visits are not necessary since you’re seeing Dr. Babaeian for orthodontic treatment.

Here are 3 reasons why it’s important to keep up with your regular dental visits in addition to coming in for orthodontic treatment.


1. Removing plaque and tartar.

Having braces provides more places for food and bacteria to hide. Eventually, plaque and tartar can form around your brackets, bands or other orthodontic appliances which 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 (Invisalign) dental checkups and cleanings are equally as important.


2. Protecting your teeth from decalcification, or the loss of calcium in your teeth.

Decalcification is irreversible if left untreated and can lead to cavities, but by cutting down on sugary sweets and acidic foods, practicing good oral hygiene by brushing twice a day for at least two minutes, flossing, and general dental visits regularly can help prevent decalcification.


3. 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.


With that said, your primary dentist is still the best caretaker of your overall dental health. Dr. Babaeian of course, will monitor your braces and the progress he is making to straighten your teeth or fix your bite, but it’s the regular cleanings and dental exams that will keep you mouth healthy for life.