Does an orthodontist clean your teeth?

Early TreatmentIf you go to the orthodontist, you may think that there is really no need to go to the dentist.  After all, if someone is caring for your teeth, you don’t need another professional to do the same thing, right?  Wrong.

Regular visits to your dentist are still very important.  If you are in the early stages of your orthodontic care and have not gotten braces or any other type of appliance yet, now is the perfect time to maximize your overall dental health in preparation for the next step.  Regular cleanings will help keep your teeth in excellent shape.  It is also a wonderful time to deal with any other issues, such as cavities or problems with your gums.

This does not end when you get your braces or appliance.  In fact, it becomes even more important.  Many people assume that straightening the teeth is simply a cosmetic issue.  This is not true.  When your teeth are straight, it is easier to brush them properly, which leads to fewer cavities.  In addition, straight teeth function better and are more likely to last your lifetime.

During routine visits, Owl Orthodontics is inspecting the progress of teeth alignment, comfort level, the condition of the braces as well as other related concerns.  Dr. Doug Wright and his staff are not specifically looking for cavities or other issues that your family dentist and dental hygienist normally take care of.

It is important to maintain your oral health while your braces are on and regular visits to the dentist are an integral part of this. According to the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) it is important to be “especially conscientious about brushing and rinsing after eating.”  In an article focusing on bad breath, the ADHA notes, “Most plaque can be removed with routine oral hygiene care by carefully brushing your teeth at least two or three times a day, flossing daily and vigorously rinsing your mouth to remove food.”

Regular cleanings are also recommended to control plaque; however, the dental hygienist does much more to help keep your mouth, teeth, and gums healthy: “Besides removing plaque from your teeth, the dental hygienist will remove calculus from above and below your gumline, take a medical and dental history, and examine the condition of your mouth, teeth and gums.”

You’re working hard to achieve a beautiful, healthy smile.  Your dentist, orthodontist, and their staff members are working hard to help you reach this goal.  The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) refers to this as a team effort.  Remember that each member of the team must be included in order for you to achieve the best results. “Achieving healthy, beautiful smiles is a team effort that involves the orthodontist, the family dentist, the patient (and the parents, if the patient is young) and, as needed, other dental specialists.  The orthodontist provides the expertise, the treatment plan and the techniques to straighten teeth and align the jaws.  The family dentist helps make sure that teeth and gums stay clean and healthy.  The patient must cooperate by following the dentist’s and the orthodontist’s instructions carefully so that the teeth and jaws move in the way desired and on the prescribed schedule.”

The staff at Owl Orthodontics is always happy to assist and ready to answer any questions you may have.  Please feel free to contact us.