Congratulations, Braces Off!
We hope you are enjoying your new smile and braceless teeth. PLEASE CONTACT YOUR DENTIST FOR A CHECK-UP AND CLEANING. Let him/her and your friends know that it was all worthwhile. We hope you will recommend our office to any of your friends who might need orthodontic treatment.
There are a few things you should know:
- Immediately after the braces have been removed, your teeth might feel loose. This is normal. As a matter of fact, some minor drifting of the teeth might be noticed. If any drifting or change in position of the teeth does occur, this will be easily corrected with your retainers.
- Your teeth might feel slippery because your braces are off. However, your gums might feel swollen or large. If your gums are swollen, regular tooth brushing, concentrating on the gum area will help bring the swelling down to normal within a week or two.
- It is critically important to return for your scheduled appointment and receive your retainers. Retainers help keep your teeth perfectly positioned. These are to be worn 24 hours a day for approximately 6 months. The doctor will let you know when you may start wearing the retainers at night and eventually two or three nights per week.
- Orthodontists, nationwide are asked, “When can I stop wearing my retainers?” It is important to realize that teeth are not positioned in concrete and that they are meant to be used on a daily basis. Therefore, teeth will drift to some degree throughout your lifetime. This is true of teeth, which have undergone orthodontic treatment, and those teeth, which have not. It is the feeling of this office that if you would like your teeth to be perfectly positioned the way they were the day the braces were removed, lifetime retainer wear 2 or 3 nights per week, is advised. Having gone through the time and expense of orthodontic treatment, this would seem to be worthwhile.
- The doctor will be seeing you in the next year, although not as frequently, to make sure your retainers are fitting well and are properly adjusted. There are no additional fees involved for these check-up appointments.
- If you should lose or damage your retainers, additional fees would be involved.
- So enjoy your new smile. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.