you're diligent about your oral hygiene regimen, following our instructions on wearing elastics, and ensuring your diet is healthy and braces-safe, we're very proud of you. After all, diligent care is critical to successful orthodontic treatment, and you're helping to move yourself closer to a beautiful new smile. But there's another aspect of care during treatment that many patients – and parents – forget about: keeping up with your regularly scheduled dental appointments.
It may seem like while you're wearing braces, a dentist is a little superfluous. Can't your orthodontist just keep an eye on your teeth for you? In reality, a dentist is even more critical during treatment. Braces are a magnet for bacteria and plaque, so regular inspections and cleanings by a dentist are crucial for the health of your teeth during treatment.
In addition to being a fresh set of eyes, your dentist is specially trained to examine and clean your teeth for even the smallest signs of plaque and decay. They're capable of giving your teeth the deep clean they need to be healthy, and they can also spot the early signs of a cavity and intervene before the decay process begins – because after that point, your treatment may be in serious jeopardy. Maintaining regularly scheduled visits with a dentist is the only way to safeguard the health of your teeth during treatment, ensuring that your braces work properly and you achieve your new smile on time.
Your dentist isn't the only one you need to visit during orthodontic treatment – and if you'd like to come in for an appointment with us, we'd be thrilled to hear from you. Feel free to call us at 818-727-1800 for our Northridge location, 818-932-9100 for our Woodlands Hills location, or reach out to us at our contact page to request an appointment at either of our offices. We can't wait to hear from you, and we hope you have fun at both your next dental and orthodontic visit!