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Once you have your braces on, you may think since you are visiting Dr. Gutiérrez every four to eight weeks, you don’t need to visit your general dentist. At Gutiérrez Orthodontics, we recommend that during your orthodontic treatment with us, you continue to visit your general dentist every six months.
There are many reasons why it is important to keep up with regular visits to your dentist while also keeping with your appointments at Gutiérrez Orthodontics.
A major reason to visit your general dentist during your orthodontic treatment is to have your teeth cleaned. These regular cleanings help to remove plaque and tartar that can form around your brackets, bands or other appliances. With braces, you have additional areas where bacteria or food can hide and cause cavities.
A professional cleaning can help ensure the plaque and tartar are removed. Even with clear aligners, regular dental checkups and cleanings are crucial to the health of your teeth.
Cavities and the issues that come along with them can prolong your orthodontic treatment. If you have braces, it is important to visit your general dentist every six months to help ensure your orthodontic treatment can be completed on time without delays caused by cavities. By visiting your general dentist, they can identify cavities early while also providing fluoride treatments and other treatments that can help prevent cavities while strengthening your teeth.
Decalcification is a loss of calcium in your teeth. This condition can become serious and is indicated by white spots on the surface of your teeth. This loss of calcium is irreversible and, when left untreated, it can lead to cavities. This condition can be prevented by cutting down on sweets and acidic foods, practicing proper oral hygiene and visiting your general dentist regularly.
Regular visits to your dentist will help to keep your smile healthy and beautiful so your teeth look their best once the braces are off! Contact Gutiérrez Orthodontics today if you need recommendations on finding a general dentist or let us know during your next adjustment appointment with Board Certified Orthodontist Dr. Gutiérrez.