You have made it to the end with your orthodontic treatment and you finally have that amazing smile that you always wanted. When you look in the mirror, you still can’t believe that is you with beautifully aligned teeth that have shifted into the proper position. Orthodontic correction has made such a difference in your life. You have more confidence than you ever did before. You have a reason to smile because you can’t wait to flash your pearly whites. It has been a long journey, but it has been worth every step of the way. The final phase of your treatment has arrived. You need to get ready for orthodontic retention.
Maintain Your Results with Orthodontic Retention
You may have thought that it was over and you no longer needed anything else. You have your incredible smile and you’re looking forward to enjoying it. However, you are going to need to follow up your treatment by wearing a retainer. Your teeth will begin to shift after your treatment is over. If you do not carry out the orthodontic retention phase, you could see your teeth slowly ease their way back into the position they used to hold. Your teeth tend to want to follow the patterns that they have always had. You need a retainer to hold them steady until the bone and muscle structure in your face completely settles, adjusting to the new arrangement of your teeth.
Be Sure to Follow Our Orthodontist’s Recommendations
The most critical period to wear a retainer is immediately after your braces have been removed. This is the point when your teeth are at their most vulnerable. You don’t want to lose the results that you have worked so hard to get. Generally, you should plan on wearing your retainer day and night for the first six months. After that period, you may be able to switch to wearing your retainer at night for up to a year. Some orthodontists recommend that you extend that period longer. It really isn’t much of price to pay if it means your teeth will remain in the position that you have achieved through orthodontic treatment.
Talk to Our Orthodontist About the Orthodontic Retention Stage
You have choices when it comes to orthodontic retention. You can have a removable retainer or a fixed retainer. Our orthodontist will help you choose the best retainer for you. It will be customized to fit your mouth and you can remove it while you are eating. If you have a special occasion and want to show off your teeth, you can leave your retainer out and get back with the program when your event is over. You can also leave it out during sporting events if you have a removable retainer. If not, you will want to wear a mouth guard to protect your teeth.
With offices in Frankfort and Oak Lawn, Petty, Bielik and Burke Orthodontics wants to help you maintain your beautiful smile after braces. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to learn more about orthodontic retention.