What To Do After Orthodontics are Removed
Some people think that after they have their orthodontics removed that they are done with treatment. The fact is, orthodontics are the fastest and most effective way to straighten smiles and fix malocclusions, but their effects aren’t completely permanent. In the following years, it’s possible that your teeth can slowly shift out of place. You’ll need to wear a retainer for at least a year or two afterward, sometimes longer. Follow our advice to keep your smile healthy and beautiful.
Maintain a Good Oral Health Routine
Hopefully, this is something you’ve been doing your whole life anyways. Continue to brush and floss twice a day. It should be much easier for you now that you don’t have metal in your mouth to make flossing difficult. You could utilize a good mouthwash too if you choose. You want to keep up a good oral health routine. What’s the point of straight teeth if they’re going to be unhealthy?
Wear Your Retainer
After your orthodontics are removed, you’ll be given a retainer. Sometimes your orthodontist might recommend a fixed container. You can’t be removed them, but they are much less invasive than braces. Fixed retainers are attached to your teeth with dental cement. The wire will either cross the front or back of your teeth depending on the type of fixed retainer. These retainers are great because they ensure your smile stays straight.
Often you’ll be given a removable, plastic retainer. These are molded to the shape of your mouth and you’ll wear them all of the time for a while, eventually switching to only wearing them at night. These are great for cosmetic reasons. Others will barely notice you have them on. The ability to remove them can be a bit of a problem for some patients. You have to have the discipline to wear them as often as your orthodontist prescribes.
Don’t neglect your retainers either. Just like regular orthodontics, retainers have special care instructions. Keep them clean and listen to what your orthodontist recommends. You should also make sure you’re going to regular check-ups for a little while so your dentist or orthodontist can make sure your teeth are staying clean with the new appliance.
Contact Lynn Dental Care for Orthodontics
Lynn Dental Care specializes in orthodontics and other areas of dental care. We can help you achieve the beautiful and healthy smile you desire. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or view our website for more information.