Ever wondered how your routine dental check-ups align with your orthodontic treatment? At SmileOn Orthodontics, we believe that a healthy smile involves more than just straightening your teeth and correcting your bite. It involves excellent oral hygiene and regular dental visits, too. Doc Ak and the SmileOntourage recommend seeing your general dentist every three months for a cleaning while you are in orthodontic treatment. These cleanings are a routine pit stop and an important part of your journey to a dazzling smile. This blog post will explore how regular dental check-ups can help boost your orthodontic treatment.
Dental Check-ups and Orthodontics
We all know that seeing a dentist and an orthodontist can help your oral well-being. This tag-team strategy is your best ally for achieving (and keeping) a phenomenal smile. While orthodontics focuses on aligning your teeth and jaws, dental check-ups keep your teeth and gums healthy and in the game. It’s a team effort!
Think of Doc Ak as your oral health care coach. He guides your teeth into their winning positions with braces or aligners. Meanwhile, dental exams are your defense. Routine dental check ups tackle plaque and cavities, all while keeping your gums in great shape. Here at SmileOn it’s all about teamwork. We work closely with you and your dentist to get you to the finish line with a beautiful smile.
The Role of Dental Check-ups in Orthodontic Health
Braces and aligners are excellent at realigning your teeth, but they can also create tiny hideouts for food and plaque. Some areas are challenging to brush, even with the best brushing and flossing at home. Plaque is sneaky…it builds up quietly and can quickly cause big problems, including tooth decay and gum disease. Healthy gums are the foundation of great orthodontic work. If gum disease enters the scene, it can complicate the movement of your teeth and lead to more serious issues, which may hinder your orthodontic treatment. Regular dental check-ups can catch these pesky problems before they get out of hand. Catching these early means smoother sailing toward your dream smile!
Tips for a Winning Smile – Combining Dental and Orthodontic Care
Ready to be the MVP of your orthodontic journey? Here are some pro tips to combine dental and orthodontic care for that winning smile:
Twice per year, try to align your dental check-ups with orthodontic appointments. We can temporarily remove your arch wires so your dentist is able to really get into all those hidden spaces that trap plaque and debris.
Remember Doc Ak’s 4-3-2-1 rule: See your general dentist for a cleaning 4 times per year, brush your teeth 3 times per day, rinse with mouthwash 2 times per day, and floss and use a water flosser once per day.
Your diet is VITAL to your smile game. Dodge those sticky, hard snacks that can damage your braces. EmBRACE teeth-friendly foods like fruits, veggies, and lean proteins. It’s the fuel your smile needs to shine!
If you’re an athlete, a mouthguard is your BEST teammate, helping to protect your teeth, mouth, and face. We have multiple types of mouthguards available and the SmileOntourage will help you find the one that’s right for you.
Keep the lines open with Doc Ak, the SmileOntourage, and your dentist. Any concerns? Questions? We’re here to coach you to victory!
SmileOn Orthodontics’ Approach to Comprehensive Care
At SmileOn Orthodontics in Cedar Park, we firmly believe in a team approach to your smile journey. Our comprehensive care philosophy means we’re always coordinating with your dentist, keeping an eye on your oral health while perfecting your smile. We would absolutely love to be a part of your dream team, getting you that gorgeous smile you’ve always dreamed of. Click here to schedule your complimentary smile assessment today!