Prior to starting treatment it is necessary for you to have an examination and cleaning with your family dentist. Your family dentist must ensure that your teeth and gums are healthy prior to starting orthodontic treatment.
It is also mandatory that you visit your family dentist at least twice a year while wearing braces, so that they can professionally clean difficult areas around and below the gum line and monitor your teeth to prevent cavities – this is an absolute must with braces!
Your family dentist may also recommend and place ‘sealants’ on your molar teeth prior to starting orthodontic treatment and we also recommend this procedure as it reduces the risk of cavities forming in the deep grooves of your teeth.
What will happen if you do not brush and floss properly around your braces and see your family dentist for regular check ups?
Cavities and/or permanent staining of your teeth can occur very rapidly if you do not brush or floss diligently during orthodontic treatment! In addition, accumulation of plaque and bacteria around your braces, can rapidly lead to swollen and inflamed gums, which is known as gingivitis. Gingivitis, if left unattended, can quickly progress to actual periodontal disease with permanent and irreversible loss of gum and bone support around your teeth, the eventual outcome can be tooth loss!