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Orthodontic-Related Decalcifications & Caries

Decay risk exists for all patients to varying degrees in occlusal pits and fissures, interproximal surfaces and facial surfaces. Orthodontic treatment increases the risk of decay for a variety of reasons. Oral hygiene is more difficult; wires are in place for two to three years or longer with little opportunity to obtain bitewing radiographs; excess resin around brackets acts as a plaque trap; patients sometimes believe that because they are being seen regularly at the orthodontic office, they don’t need to visit their regular dentist until treatment is completed.