A lot of our patients wonder if they should still go to the dentist while seeing an orthodontist. And the answer is a resounding “Yes!”
Even though you’re receiving professional oral care from another provider, you should definitely still go to the dentist while seeing an orthodontist. And there are a few compelling reasons. So, if you were hoping that your orthodontic care might get you out of some dentist visits, we’re sorry to disappoint!
But first, you can read a little about the differences between an orthodontist and a dentist if you’re not sure.
Why You Should Still Go to the Dentist While Seeing an Orthodontist
Your dentist is your primary oral healthcare provider, and your orthodontist is a specialist. So, just like people continue to see their primary care physician even if they’re seeing other specialists, you should continue making your regular dental appointments too.
These visits are your main line of defense against cavities and other potential problems in your mouth. While your orthodontist inspects your mouth, your dentist is still the one you need for things like gum care, fillings, and other aspects of your oral care.
Regular dental cleanings and checkups are always a crucial part of your oral healthcare, and your healthcare in general. But if you have braces, you’re actually more at risk for buildup of plaque and tartar. So, dental cleanings become even more important during this period of your life.
One other reason why you should still go to the dentist while seeing an orthodontist is to get dental X-rays. Yes, your orthodontist takes them too, but these two professionals take different X-rays for different purposes. This is a key part of preventative dental care.
Everyone should go to the dentist at least once per year. But going once every six months is a smart idea while wearing braces.