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Can you get your teeth cleaned with braces?

One of the most important aspects of orthodontic treatment is making sure you keep your teeth clean and in good health. When braces go on you’ll be instructed on how to properly floss and brush, but it will still be important for you to visit your general dentist during your orthodontic treatment. So, if you’ve been wondering if you can get your teeth cleaned with braces, the answer is yes!

Why do I still need to see a general dentist for a dental cleaning with braces?

While our orthodontists will take care of your orthodontic needs, your dentist will monitor different aspects of your oral health. They will check you for any signs of gum disease as well as restorative needs such as sealants, fillings, crowns, etc. Your general dentist will also take different X-rays of your teeth during your visits to check the health of your bone and teeth.  

How do dentists clean teeth with braces? 

Dentists and hygienists are skilled on how to clean around any of our appliances and brackets carefully as to not cause any damage. So, they are still able to remove built up tartar around your teeth, even with braces on. If something does break or come loose during a cleaning, we can fix it in our office. If this occurs, contact us to schedule an appointment.

Do I need to see the dentist more frequently while in braces?

Traditional visits to the dentist every six months are sufficient while you are in braces. There is no need to schedule additional visits unless there is other dental work that needs to be done, such as fillings. If the dentist needs any part of our appliances removed to do dental work, please let us know so we can coordinate appointments. We will make sure to get everything back in place in a timely manner after any treatment is done at the dentist.  

Maintaining every aspect of your oral health will ensure that your treatment finishes on time and your teeth look great when you’re done. Don’t ever skimp on brushing, flossing or visiting your dentist!

Ready for clean and straight teeth?

If you’re ready to learn more about braces or aligners, call us or submit a form on our website. Or, get going even quicker by starting a free orthodontic consultation online. We proudly serve the Appleton area, including Neenah, Menasha, Little Chute, Grand Chute and Kaukauna.