Can I still see my dentist if I start treatment?
by Dr. Amer Hussain, on Nov 3, 2019 2:31:00 PM
Starting orthodontic treatment is the beginning of a big change, but not all things have to change when you start or are thinking about starting treatment. One of the common questions we get is “Can I still see my dentist if I start orthodontic treatment?”
And the answer is: Of course you can!
When you start your orthodontic treatment (regardless if you choose braces or Invisalign) some things in your routine will change (we’re looking at you here braces with your diet restrictions), but other things like seeing your dentist don’t have to change.
Dentistry and orthodontics are similar but not the same. Dentists focus in on oral hygiene, your orthodontist will still check some of these areas but it won’t be as comprehensive as a good professional check up.
But why does it matter if I still see my dentist?
While in orthodontic treatment you teeth can be more difficult to clean, especially if you have metal braces, clear braces, ceramic braces or lingual braces. Your dentist will help keep plaque from building up on and around your teeth. Brackets and wires can be notorious for giving plaque and bacteria a little nook to hide in, your dentist will have access to told that’ll help clean all the junk out from those nooks and crannies.
Dentists also will do a full oral examine while your in their chair, this comprehensive exam will look for
- Gum issues (such as poor gum health, inflammation, etc)
- Tooth decay
- Prophylaxis treatment (yes we know, such a big word but it just means preventative cleaning)
Your dentist is still the best provider to take care of your overall oral health. Your orthodontist will of course monitor your orthodontic treatment (braces, Invisalign or whatever the case) and the progress of your teeth as they straighten out, but it’s the regular dental cleanings and exams that’ll keep your mouth as healthy as possible.
Dentistry and orthodontics can go hand in hand. You don’t need to lose one just because you have the other. It’s more beneficial to keep them working in tandem, your mouth will thank you later on when it’s not only straight but as healthy as can be.