EVERYONE KNOWS THAT
the most exciting day for someone with braces is the day they get them
off! The final result of a beautiful, straight smile is what makes orthodontic
treatment worth it. Now, it’s just a matter of keeping those teeth
Guess What… Teeth Can Move!
Of course it comes to no surprise to an orthodontic patient that teeth
can shift over time–that’s exactly what happened during their
treatment! Teeth are dynamic and always moving as pressure and force is
applied to them,
even after you’ve had braces.
Teeth may shift in response to things such as teeth grinding and clenching,
numerous dental restorations, tongue thrusting and certain lifestyle habits
such as smoking or nail biting. Teeth also move naturally as we grow older
and our facial structures change.
Keeping Your Smile Straight Is A Lifelong Commitment
So, what can you do to make sure that your new smile lasts a lifetime?
Wear your retainer! It really is that simple. After you’ve finished orthodontic treatment, your orthodontist will
tell you how often you need to wear your retainer and for how long. Over
time, most patients will only need to wear their retainer at night.
It’s especially important to wear your retainer as prescribed by
your orthodontist immediately after you get your braces off. Your teeth have a sort of “memory” of the way they were aligned
before you got your braces on and are more prone to revert back to their
original positions right after orthodontic treatment has finished.
When it comes down to it, every orthodontic patient needs to ask themselves,
“How long do I want my teeth to be straight?” Whatever the answer is, that’s how long you’ll need to wear
We love creating beautiful, healthy smiles that our patients can be proud
of. There’s nothing better than seeing our patients’ faces
light up when they see their straight, new smiles.
So keep wearing your retainer and keep up the good work. And most importantly…
We love our patients! Thank you for trusting us with your orthodontic treatment.
The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional
medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified
health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.