Should I still get my teeth cleaned by my dentist while I have braces?
YES! It is very important to get your teeth cleaned during orthodontic treatment because food and plaque are easily trapped around the braces. If that food and plaque isn’t removed regularly, you are in danger of having permanent stains on your teeth. Patients with orthodontic appliances must be extra vigilant about receiving regular dental care. Food stuck in braces or in hard to reach areas can cause gum disease, gingivitis or cavities that can also damage your braces.