How often do you get professional cleanings with braces?

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Toxgirl
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How often do you get professional cleanings with braces?

#1 Post by Toxgirl »

Hi all,

I'm not due for a cleaning with my regular dentist until July but I am noticing alot of tartar buildup on my lower brackets. I thought i was doing a good job cleaning but apparently not in that area. I brush at least 3 times a day, floss and waterpik every night. I don't eat candy or drink sodas or sugary drinks but i do eat a petite vanilla scone daily with my tea. Thats about the only sugar I eat on a regular basis. i'm thinking i might go in for another cleaning but I will have to pay out of pocket. Just curious what others do.
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#2 Post by EWUgal15 »

I've been sticking with 2 cleanings a year. I haven't had any problems with cavities or buildup but that's just me. I think it varies from person to person and I'm sure an extra cleaning here or there won't hurt anything braces wise. I can't speak to the pocket book though.

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#3 Post by jaime »

It is generally recommended to go a little more often for cleanings. I seem to get the most tartar build up on my lower central incisors as well.

Another option for you would be to get a dental pick (the metal kind) and scrape off tartar sometimes yourself. I have this one and it has served me well. http://www.walmart.com/ip/DenTek-Profes ... c/21695155
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#4 Post by ljms »

I had a horrible time keeping the tartar from building up on my bottom teeth.

While in braces, I had a full cleaning every six months and, in the three month interval between cleanings, I had my bottom teeth scaled--no polishing.

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#5 Post by littlething »

I'm curious to see what everyone else is doing. Both my dentist and hygienist think every 6 months is fine, my ortho suggested every 3 months and I'm seriously considering it now. If anything, to get the glue remnants (that are staining) scraped off sooner than later, but also I feel like it's impossible to keep everything clean! (I haven't noticed much tartar, and I brush 4-5 times a day and use waterpik/floss/proxybrush/rubber gum stimulator/etc. but I still feel like I still need help).

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#6 Post by carrieann »

I go every 3 months and have for about 5 years. This is mainly due to all my root canals/crowns. They are only "insured" by my dentist if I go in every 3 months. Hmmm. Now that I have braces I'm glad I have to go so often. First cleaning with braces will be in June, I'm a little nervous since I have so much sensitivity. Hope they are gentle.
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#7 Post by Moops »

I had a cleaning the day before I got my braces on and they schedule the next appointment for six months out, so the same as before braces.

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#8 Post by metalliKa »

The regular six month cleaning is sufficient. However, if you feel you need more cleaning in between, and if money is not an issue for you because insurance won't cover the extra cleaning, go for it!
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#9 Post by EWUgal15 »

carrieann wrote:I go every 3 months and have for about 5 years. This is mainly due to all my root canals/crowns. They are only "insured" by my dentist if I go in every 3 months. Hmmm. Now that I have braces I'm glad I have to go so often. First cleaning with braces will be in June, I'm a little nervous since I have so much sensitivity. Hope they are gentle.
Just let your dentist/hygienist know you've had sensitivity and what's been causing it and I'm sure they'll work with you!

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#10 Post by whitney555 »

I've only noticed a little extra tartar buildup, but I've managed to scrape most of it off myself with a proxabrush

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#11 Post by jfriend33 »

I pay my dentist about $8 a month which includes two cleanings and x-rays twice a year and at least half off any fillings or crowns. I supplement that with dental school cleanings which run about $15-$25. So about every 2-3 months!

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#12 Post by golfgirl »

I'm having my teeth cleaned at every other appointment, so every 6-8 weeks. The cost makes me wince a bit but I don't care!

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