Teeth Cleaning for People with Braces in Columbia County, NY

So, you just got your braces on, and you're wondering why you should continue visiting Dr. Starkman since you're seeing the Orthodontist every other month. Patients often ask us if they should continue to schedule their regular cleanings while in orthodontic treatment. In short, the answer is yes.

Today, we thought we would share a few reasons why it's crucial to keep up with your regular visits with Dr. Starkman in addition to going in for your regular adjustments with the Orthodontist.

One of the best reasons to visit your Dentist in Columbia County, NY while you undergo orthodontic treatment is to remove plaque and tartar. Having braces provides additional nooks and crannies in which food particles and bacteria can hide. Eventually, plaque and tartar can form around your brackets, bands or other appliances which can lead to cavities. Having your teeth professionally cleaned can help ensure most, if not all, plaque and tartar is removed. Even if you are undergoing clear aligner treatment, dental checkups and cleanings are equally as important.

The next reason to visit Dr. Starkman is to help protect your teeth from decalcification, or the loss of calcium in your teeth. A potentially serious condition in which white spots on your tooth surfaces, decalcification is irreversible and if left untreated, can lead to cavities. Decalcification is preventable; patients who cut down on sugary sweets and acidic foods, practice good oral hygiene, and visit their dentist regularly can help prevent decalcification.

The final reason we recommend visiting your Columbia County NY Dentist while you have braces is this: cavities can prolong your treatment. If you are interested in completing your orthodontic treatment on time and without any delays, visit us every six months or as recommended. We can provide fluoride treatments or other services that strengthen your teeth and protect them from cavities.

Making sure to visit Dr. Starkman and his team will also help ensure your teeth look their best once your braces come off. We offer teeth whitening, veneers, crowns, implants, and other cosmetic dental procedures to the Albany, NY area. For more information about our Free Consultations, please call (518) 758-7179.

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