As a braces wearer, you probably cannot wait until your orthodontist removes them. The first few weeks after the braces are removed is very important because there will be a lot of changes to your teeth and you need to get used to them. Before your braces are removed, it is important that you understand the changes you will see and what you need to do.
What Happens with Your Teeth?
Obviously, your teeth will appear to be straight once the braces are off. Your teeth will feel very smooth and it will seem weird to be without braces for the first time in months or years.
One possible response to your braces being removed that you might not be prepared for is that your teeth will start to move. In essence, they are settling into the right positions. There is a possibility though that some of your teeth will move too much or into the wrong positions.
Your orthodontist will probably not be too concerned with slight settling of your back teeth, but front teeth that are moving can require attention.
How Is the Movement Stopped?
In most cases, orthodontists recommend wearing a retainer for a period of time after the braces are removed. The braces will prevent your teeth from moving too much and give them an opportunity to settle in the right positions.
Your dentist can opt to give you a removable retainer, such as an Invisalign set, or opt for a bonded retainer. The bonded retainer will be fixed to your bottom teeth with a wire. The wire is not noticeable because it is glued to the back of your teeth.
What Are Your Responsibilities?
Of course, you are expected to continue to practice good hygiene, which includes brushing and flossing. Your orthodontist will inform you of the times that he or she wants you to perform these actions.
You also have one more added responsibility. If you are wearing a removable retainer, you need to keep it in as much as possible. Your retainer will prevent the movement of your teeth. If you do not wear the retainer as recommended, you could end up getting braces again.
Your orthodontist will continue to monitor your teeth. It is important that you report any significant changes or problems with the retainer as soon as possible. By quickly identifying problems with your teeth, your orthodontist, one like Wright Center For Orthodontics, can take preventative measures to keep them from worsening.Share