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The Importance of Seeing Your Dentist During Orthodontics Milton, GA
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If you are currently undergoing braces treatment, either as a teen or adult, you may think your frequent trips to the orthodontist are all you need to keep your oral health in check. This can be a costly and unfortunate assumption. It is actually even more important to maintain your regular dental checkups if you are involved in orthodontic treatment.

Oral Health Risks While Wearing Braces

Brushing and flossing with orthodontics can present significant challenges. You’ve got extra appliances (wires, brackets and rubber bands) in your mouth that interfere with your toothbrush and harbor more bacteria and food than normal. Consequently, there are certain oral health concerns that are common for orthodontic patients, and they are issues that only a dentist can properly address.

The recommendation to see your general dentist during your time in braces is strongly supported by the following three reasons:

  • Plaque and Tartar – Braces or other appliances placed on your teeth create additional spaces where food particles and bacteria can collect. This can easily lead to plaque and tartar formation around your brackets and bands. A professional dental cleaning is needed to remove this stubborn buildup.
  • Decalcification – This is a common occurrence for many orthodontic patients who do not visit their dentist regularly. Decalcification happens when your teeth lose calcium due to plaque accumulation on your tooth enamel. The result is unsightly white spots that are preventable with proper hygiene and dental checkups.
  • Cavities – No one wants tooth decay. But for those in braces, cavities can actually lengthen your orthodontic treatment time. A cavity can require a band or bracket to be removed in order for your dentist to fill it. This means additional appointments to both your orthodontist and dentist.

Considering all of your hard work towards a straighter smile, don’t neglect the health of your pearly whites in the process.

The Benefit of a Dentist and Orthodontist in One Place

At Georgia Orthodontics & Children’s Dentistry, we make it easy to keep up with your dental care while wearing braces. Our office proudly offers a full menu of services in general pediatric dentistry as well as complete orthodontic treatment. In doing so, we can ensure that when your braces come off, you can reveal a healthy and confident smile!

Posted on behalf of Georgia Orthodontics & Children's Dentistry

13075 Hwy 9, Suite 110
Milton, GA 30004

Phone: (770) 521-2100

Mon – Thurs: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Fri: 7:30am – 5:00pm

Our Patients Reviews

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Based on 154 reviews

I was skeptical about going back into braces. Since this was my second round, I wanted something fast and affordable. I met with Dr. Patel and he was fantastic! He gave me different options, he was very detailed and he answered all my questions.

Karem M.

Dr. Patel is a gem of a person. My daughter is getting braces dine and dr. and staff make sure my daughter is comfortable with the treatment. Dr. Patel explains entire process patiently and gives time to answer any question we may have. Our experience is great and I strongly refer Dr. Patel for yours or your kid's orthodontics needs...

Dipal G.

Highly recommend Milton Dental Specialists!! They were so sweet to my daughter and took extra time and effort to make her enjoy her experience and be comfortable! As a parent this is much appreciated! My daughter left smiling and excited to have her teeth cleaned. Thank you Dr. Chong and Renal!

Natalie M.

An inviting waiting room with the front desk staff greeting me with a smile. Staff was very educated answering as many questions as possible since it was my first consultation for orthodontic help. Dr. Patel was VERY personable giving me all of the options for a plan of action the crowding of my teeth, and gave me all the information (time length, issues to be concerned with, financial differences) to help me choose the best plan for me. His details helped me to feel very comfortable with having to get braces as a female post 25+ years. I definitely recommend him as an orthodontist in the Milton/ North Atlanta area if you are looking for one. Best thing is that the first consultation was absolutely free!

Arti D.

Wow!!! What a great experience with Dr. Chong and Patel and their team at MDS. I was hesistant to send my kids to anyone but Dr. Chong just made my youngest feel so at ease that I knew this was the right place . And I’m now considering seeing Dr. Patel to finally get my teeth straightened after years of being apprehensive about my apprearance . Thanks to everyone at MDS

Jagdeep S.

Very happy with Milton Dental Specialists. Having a dentist and orthodontist in one location makes dental exams easy while wearing braces. They have great hours and are very accommodating for kids in school who don’t want to miss school for orthodontic or dental work. Very happy with both the dentist and orthodontist.

Christy D.
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