If you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment with braces, you might wonder whether regular dental check-ups every six to twelve months are still necessary. The short answer? Yes, they are so important! While braces align your teeth and correct bite issues, they also create an environment where proper dental care is even more essential. 


Monitoring Overall Oral Health

Dental check-ups aren’t just about your teeth; they also involve examining your gums, tongue, and overall oral health. With braces, there are more nooks and crannies where food particles can get trapped, increasing the risk of plaque buildup and gum disease. Regular check-ups allow your general dentist to monitor these areas and prevent any issues from escalating. Your specialist orthodontist will likely not be focussing on these particular areas unless they are directly involved in your treatment.


Adjustments and Maintenance

Throughout your orthodontic treatment, your braces will need adjustments periodically. Dental visits are necessary for these adjustments to ensure that your braces are effectively moving your teeth into the desired positions. Additionally, your dentist will provide guidance on proper oral hygiene techniques specific to braces, helping you maintain good dental health throughout your treatment.


Preventing Complications

Without regular check-ups, minor issues like cavities or gum inflammation can escalate into more significant problems, potentially prolonging your orthodontic treatment. By staying on top of your dental appointments, you can address any emerging issues promptly, minimising disruptions to your braces treatment timeline.


Optimising Results

Ultimately, the goal of orthodontic treatment is to achieve a healthy, beautiful smile. Regular dental check-ups support this goal by ensuring that your teeth and gums remain healthy throughout the process, further ensuring the beautiful results of your braces treatment.

Dental check-ups every six to twelve months, or as recommended by a general dentist and specialist orthodontist are very important. They play a vital role in monitoring your overall oral health, making adjustments to your treatment, preventing complications, and ultimately helping you achieve the best possible outcome from your braces journey. So, don’t skip those appointments – your smile will thank you in the long run! If you are interested in orthodontic treatment, including braces, clear aligners, and preventative treatment, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We are eager to assist you in realising the smile of your dreams. You can book your consultation online or by calling our practice on (03) 9088 4131.