Orthodontic treatment, unlike dental work, is only for a short period of time. Dental cleanings and checkups will continue throughout your life. If you have recently begun to pursue braces to correct your smile, dental and orthodontics work together to create a beautiful smile and great oral health for life.
If you have already had cavities and your dentist has filled it, you can still get braces without any problems. Braces can actually help you avoid more cavities later in life. If you have a hard time now keeping your teeth clean and flossing because of crooked or crowded teeth, your toothbrush can not reach all the overlapping areas or gaps, which can lead to decay and bacteria growth. After orthodontic treatment, you will no longer have this issue because your teeth will be in the correct alignment and you will be easily able to access all surfaces of your teeth for proper dental cleaning and hygiene.
It is best to have any dental work completed before you begin your orthodontic treatment since the brackets and wires can make dental work more difficult. You will still see your dentist for your regular cleanings, though they might require some modifications until your orthodontic treatment is complete.
Brushing and flossing are very important and will still need to be performed at a minimum of twice daily, preferably after every meal. Though flossing can be more difficult with braces, our helpful team will gladly show you some neat tricks to make it much easier and more effective!
If you do happen to develop any cavities during your treatment, we can easily work with your dentist to remove and replace any brackets that interfere with their treatment area.
Starting orthodontic treatment as early as possible will help your child avoid cavities from overcrowded teeth. Treatment will often be quicker as well since their jaws are softer and the teeth can move into proper alignment easier.
If you are ready to begin your orthodontic treatment to avoid further cavities and create an award-winning smile, give True Image Orthodontics a call today at (281) 225-6784.