Great but remember as soon as your braces have been removed it’s rebound time. No, no! I don’t mean that you’re going to rush into a new relationship!
What I mean is that you must work hard to maintain that new relationship you’ve just created with your new smile. Remember, teeth move and they’re going to try to get back into their old positions if you don’t do anything to stop this!
Fixed or removable retainer?
The best way to maintain your new, straight smile is to invest in either a fixed or removable retainer. You orthodontist should provide you with this when you have completed your treatment. There are two main options, being a fixed or a removable retainer, the one you choose is dependent on your needs. Here are a few advantages of each:
• When you are wearing the retainer partners/friends won’t notice as it’s bonded to the back of the teeth. This makes it great for those who are image conscious.
• You’ll never be too busy to place your retainer inside your mouth as it’s permanently fixed there.
• It’s very easy to maintain good oral health.
• It will be worn indefinitely, which means the teeth can’t shift into their old, misaligned positions.
• It is left in during the night and removed in the morning, giving freedom for patients. They can enjoy the majority of the day without a retainer.
• Flossing, brushing and general oral hygiene can be kept to a high standard as the retainer can be removed for these purposes.
• Removable retainers give your mouth/teeth a break from wearing braces for a number of months/years.
• They’re easily replaced if they’re broken.
Avoid causing stress inside the mouth
Braces aren’t suitable for those suffering from bruxism. What I mean by this is teeth grinding. This problem causes unnecessary strains on the surrounding teeth, which could be the main cause of shifting teeth in the first place.
If you are suffering from stress or find yourself grinding your teeth, it is imperative that you speak with your orthodontist as soon as possible to avoid your straight teeth becoming misaligned.
Visit your orthodontist
If you are unsure of anything or feel your teeth are returning to their old state then you must visit your orthodontist. They’ll be able to advise you on any issues you may be having and can treat any alignment issues quickly, especially if you have recently received the treatment from them. If you’re thinking ‘ahhh my teeth are crooked’don’t worry, there’s help available!
Using clear aligners
If your teeth have unfortunately returned to the dark side because you haven’t worn your retainer, don’t worry there are other options. Some dentists my recommend using clear aligners such as Invisalign or other quick systems such as the 6 month smiles. These are designed for the rapid movement of teeth and are great for treating mild occlusion problems. The earlier you treat the movement, the easier it will be to fix them.