Post-Orthodontic Care

That day may not be far when your braces would be taken off. You’ll be free of brackets and bands and elastics, able to eat whatever you like and run your tongue over smooth, clean teeth. Yet, you need to bear in mind that you’re not exactly finished with orthodontic treatment yet: The following stage, called maintenance or retention, is simply the beginning of what is called as post orthodontic treatment care.

Retention is the next step following orthodontic treatment that consists of wearing an orthodontic appliance called as a retainer. Different types of retainers are available, all of which are custom made to fit your teeth and mouth tissues. Your dentist will advise you the correct type of retainer suited to match your dental needs and also tell you how long you must wear them in order to maintain the outcome of your treatment.

Even though your teeth are straight now, why do you require a retainer by any means? The answer is pretty simple and straight forward- you don’t wear one, your teeth will begin moving right back to where they were!

Teeth are held in the jaw bone by a system of strands called the periodontal ligaments. After they are moved, it takes a while for the periodontal ligament to get accustomed to their new position.

Generally, your maintenance phase or measurements taken for yourretainer are taken around the same time your braces are taken off. After your teeth are completely cleaned, your dentist may take another set of x-rays and/or impressions, to check how well your braces functioned and to perceive how much your wisdom teeth have developed.

Most people get used to their retainer almost immediately or in a few days. At first, your dentist may ask you to wear your removable retainer all day, every day. This period of 24/7 retainer use usually may last for a few months or a year depending upon your situation. Later, you may be recommended to use it only at night. Finally, you’ll probably be told to put it on just a few nights every week. You must also make sure that you have your regular dental hygiene appointments and take care of any cavities that need to be filled.

Glen Dental Centre offers you a free consultation for your orthodontic treatment. For more information or to make an appointment please call our Glen Dental Centre in Coquitlam.

Posted on by Dr. Ashnaei in Blog

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