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When you have braces, you still need to attend your dental checkups every six months. This is because your dental checkups are vital for a top-notch oral health, smile and orthodontic treatment. The checkups help you have the strong, healthy and functional smile you need. When you visit your dentist, there are a few steps you can expect, and our orthodontist, Dr. Ponce, is happy to tell you all about them. Those steps are:

No. 1: Your dental team will welcome you with open arms. They will make you feel welcome and comfortable. First, they will guide you to a comfortable dental chair and then will help you feel as relaxed as possible. If you have questions, now is the time to ask them.

No. 2: Your dental team will take dental X-rays of your teeth, tooth roots and underlying bone to make sure everything is in tip-top shape. The X-rays are completely safe, and they portray detailed pictures of your entire smile. This helps your dentist know if you suffer dental issues that aren’t visible to the naked eye.

No. 3: Your dental team will deeply clean your teeth, gums and braces. They will use special tools and techniques to remove the plaque, tartar and other dangerous substances from your smile, which can help you prevent major dental issues, like tooth decay and gum disease. They will also thoroughly examine your teeth and gums to make sure everything is in tip-top shape, and they will give you the tips you need to properly care for your smile.

If you have any questions about dental checkups while you have braces in Tucson, Arizona, please contact our orthodontic team at Friendly Smiles Orthodontics. When you dial 520-326-1101, we will be happy to give you the answers and information you’re looking for. We are excited to help you!