Dental Care Tips: After Braces
3/15/2019 3:26 PM
The time has finally come to have your braces removed! All the discomfort and dietary restrictions are finally over and you have achieved that dream smile, so let it shine! Here are a few things we want to remind you over the next few days, weeks and months after your treatment plan has ended.
You may be dying to dive into those no-no foods that you have been craving all this time, but your teeth may have another idea. With the exposed enamel that was once covered by the brackets and wires, your teeth may be a little sensitive, as well as adjusting to their new placement in your mouth. So, go easy on hard, crunchy and chewy items, as well as extreme temperatures of food until they get accustomed to life without braces. We also recommend waiting 1 to 2 months before performing any whitening treatment for the same reason.
We understand that you are ready to be done with your treatment but it is important to follow the instructions of your orthodontist regarding a retainer if required. Your teeth may experience some shifting after the braces are removed, but if you adhere to the retainer schedule, the movement will be minimal. Some patients, who do not wear their retainer as instructed could experience teeth falling out or moving back to their original location, requiring additional treatment time and braces again.
Your retainer will be custom fitted for your once your braces are removed. It may be a little more difficult to speak at first and you may notice an increase in saliva, but are normal side effects and will usually remedy themselves within a few days.
Performing proper daily and weekly cleaning (as per your orthodontist’s instructions) and safe storing of your retainer will help prevent any damage. We highly recommend, when enjoying a meal, that you store your retainer in it’s the protective container and store it in your purse or pocket to avoid being tossed away with your napkin in the trash, an all too common issue.
The last tip we can offer after having your braces removed is to contact your general dentist to schedule your routine cleaning appointment to remove any buildup where the braces were attached and check for any decay. A checkup and cleaning are recommended at least every 6 months for proper dental health. Following all hygiene suggestions, such as brushing and flossing twice a day will help keep your beautiful new smile looking its best!
If you have any questions about your after braces care, give our office a call at 281-225-6784.