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Could tartar be removed while having braces on?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Yes: Yes, dental hygiene appointments are necessary. However, all calculus should be removed before brackets are placed.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Oral care: To have straight teeth that have no bone support is a waste of time and money. Ask your orthodontist for specific hygiene instructions while braces are on. Keep mouth healthy an scrupulously clean. See general dentist at least 4x/year for cleanings while braces are on, even if insurance doesn't cover the work.

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