Having metal braces removed feels liberating. Even if you used the Invisalign® treatment system, you are likely happy to not have to worry about changing your aligners every few weeks. The work is done, and your teeth and smile are attractive and straight. You went through all of that discomfort of wearing braces because you knew that at the end of the day, your teeth were going to look better. Now that you have the smile that you’ve spent all of this time, effort, and money on, don’t you want to make sure that it lasts? This is one of the reasons why it is so important that you continue to wear a retainer after orthodontic treatment.
Once you get your braces removed, it is imperative that you continue to follow the advice and the plan laid out by our orthodontist. You do not want your teeth to shift back to their previous appearance. This is why you should wear your retainer as directed.
There are a number of retainer types that our orthodontist may recommend. The recommendation of our orthodontist will vary depending on the condition that you are treated for and the current condition of your teeth.
One very popular option is bonded retainers. These are used on the lower front teeth. The retainer is glued to the six front lower teeth. This gives you the option to leave the retainer in permanently to keep your teeth in position. What is great about a bonded retainer is that it is very discreet. It only affects the inside of your teeth. A bonded retainer is virtually invisible.
Many people use a clear retainer. These are often used for the upper front teeth. Most orthodontists recommend that their patients use one while they sleep. This prevents their teeth from moving during the night.
Regardless of the retainer we recommend, it is imperative that you continue to use it for as long as our orthodontist says. This is the only way that you’re going to be able to maintain an attractive smile. To schedule a consultation with our orthodontist, contact us today at Petty, Bielik & Burke Orthodontics in Oak Lawn and Frankfort. We look forward to speaking with you!