HOW TO KEEP YOUR NEW SMIILE STRAIGHTER AFTER BRACES TREATMENT
Regardless of what you’ve probably heard, braces are not in any way a bad thing. Not to criticize, but most movies associate dental treatment with nerds and geeks, which doesn’t have to be. Dental braces don’t magically make you weird or uncool; in contrast, they help to correct crowded or crooked teeth or a misaligned jaw—all these to give you the straightest smile you can have.
WHY IS WEARING MY RETAINERS SO IMPORTANT AFTER ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT?
WHAT ARE SOME TIPS THAT CAN HELP WITH MAKING THE BEST OUT OF MY RETAINERS?
In the same way, braces are investments in your smile, so too are retainers in maintaining such a smile. And like every investment, they must be treated with care.
2. Keep to your wear schedule.
It's perfectly alright for different people to have extra time frames recommended to them for wearing their retainers. The key is to stick to it. Depending on the specific situation, the orthodontists may ask the patient to wear their retainers full time for about six months before switching to a nightly basis. Others may find their case not as severe and, as such, only wear them at night from the start.
3. Medical level sterility
Keeping your retainer clean is vital as it may routinely trap food and other debris left in your mouth. Generally, simply running the device under lukewarm water and gently scrubbing with a toothbrush is enough to remove the debris that accumulates there. In that case, however, soaking your retainer in cleaning solutions once every few days or brushing with antibacterial soap at least once daily is best to eliminate any straggling dirt.
Oral hygiene is also paramount in keeping your retainer clean, as there's no point in washing the device to return it to a dirty mouth. In this way, it's just good practice to always brush your teeth before putting your retainer in—really, it's best to brush your teeth always, okay? Even after the retainers come off.
WHAT ELSE CAN YOU DO TO HELP RETAIN MY SMILE AFTER BRACES TREATMENT?
1. MAINTAIN GOOD ORAL HYGIENE
Good dental hygiene is indisputable even if your smile isn't on the line. After all the hassle of your orthodontic treatments with braces and then with the retainers, you're probably used to this. You have to maintain the standard.
It isn't wise slipping up at the last mile!
2. GO FOR REGULAR CHECK-UPS
Regular dental check-ups are a must-do, especially after a long treatment like braces treatment. It'll suck royally after all, if after all your hard work, your oral hygiene declines and costs you your new smile.
Thus, it's advisable to see your dentist at least once every six months for general maintenance and ensure your teeth haven't shifted.
3. CARE FOR SENSITIVE TEETH
It's pretty standard for your teeth to go into a bit of a shock in the initial period of your braces being removed—somewhat similar to what you experienced when put on initially.
This should be no cause for alarm. The shock can lead to temporary sensitivity in the teeth in some patients, making them seem brittle. For this, sensitive toothpaste can do wonders in reducing the shock, as can avoiding hard or crunchy food while the sensation lasts to keep your smile perfect.
ORTHODONTIC TREATMENTS AT BALLARD ORTHODONTICS
Ballard Orthodontics aims to give the very best in dental treatments to provide value for our clients.
With a combination of years of practice and the latest orthodontic techniques, our team is distinctly equipped to ensure everything happening in your mouth is fitting as it’s supposed to be—all to help beautiful smiles shine through.