While there are some things you can’t do with braces, not only can you have your teeth cleaned, but you should! In fact, even though you see your orthodontist frequently, regular dental check-ups in addition are necessary to keep your teeth clean and healthy.
Why It’s Important to Have Your Teeth Professionally Cleaned
Doesn’t your mouth just feel better after a professional teeth cleaning? It’s because your dental hygienist can clean away things that you miss during your daily oral care routine. Even if you have braces, your dental hygienist can work wonders with your teeth and gums!
What Happens When You Don’t?
When you have braces, it’s easy to miss things between your teeth and around your brackets because of the wires. However, that debris can build up and harden. Left unchecked, it can weaken tooth enamel and discolor your teeth. The last thing you want is to complete your orthodontic treatment only to end up with damaged teeth!
Your dental hygienist can clean those hard to reach spots and alert you to any problem areas. If you’re having a tough time reaching certain places, your regular check-up is a great time to ask for advice.
What to Expect When You Get Your Teeth Cleaned
When you have braces, your cleanings may take a little longer than usual, but not by much. Your dental team will take extra care to reach between your teeth, around your brackets, and along your gum line without disrupting your braces.
If you’re due for a teeth cleaning, the team at Jefferson Dental & Orthodontics is here for you. We want to help you keep your teeth healthy and strong so you can have the smile you desire. Find the office nearest you and make an appointment online.
We can’t wait to welcome you back for your next visit.