Orthodontic patients are considered at risk of tooth decay automatically, because of their orthodontic treatment. Why? Because tooth decay after braces is a common problem that affects many orthodontic patients. While the braces are on, hard to reach places become near impossible to reach, and the constant state of inflammation that is a prerequisite to orthodontic treatment makes the gums less able to fight off bacterial invasion. The braces themselves can demineralise the tooth enamel as well, leading to an even harder time fighting off bacteria. All of these factors leave patients with many caries after the braces come off.
Yes, it is totally normal, because it is much harder to clean your teeth properly with braces. This is why your dentist suggests doing every dental treatment before the appliance of your braces. After orthodontic treatment, your dentist often suggests a dental cleaning and a teeth whitening to get rid of every stain.
There are quite a few things to do while the braces are still on that can make sure that you do not come across a mouth full of cavities once the orthodontic treatment is over.
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