Santa Clarita, CA – The day your braces come off is no doubt a day you can’t wait to celebrate. Running your tongue along your straight, bracket-less teeth is a wonderful feeling! But, just because your braces are off it doesn’t mean you are finished with your orthodontic treatment.
The goal of an orthodontist is not just to straighten your teeth, but to ensure your smile stays straight for a lifetime. After braces you will be fitted with a set of retainers to help keep your teeth in the new final position. The ligaments and tissues that hold your teeth in place tend to have some elasticity in them, so their natural instinct will be to pull the teeth back to where they were before your braces. In order to prevent this from happening, you’ll need to wear your retainer.
The retainer’s job is to retain the new positions your teeth were guided into until your mouth is stable enough to hold the teeth there without round-the-clock retainer wear. Even after you are finished wearing the retainer as much in the beginning, it is still a good idea to keep it on hand to wear at night so you can ensure your smile stays as straight as the day your braces were removed.
And it’s also important to keep your orthodontist’s office number handy. You may think (or hope!) that the day your braces come off is the last day you’ll need to sit in that orthodontist’s chair, but we want to see you at least a few times in that first year your braces come off, and then once a year or so after. This way, we can make sure your retainers are still fitting properly and make any adjustments to them, if needed.
You’ve worked hard and been so patient throughout your orthodontic treatment, and we want to be sure all that dedication doesn’t go to waste. So, plan to visit us a few times during the first year your braces are off so we can be sure your smile is as straight as the day we took those brackets off. If you ever have any questions or concerns after your braces are removed, don’t hesitate to call your orthodontist. We want to help, and to make sure your new smile lasts a lifetime.
Dr. Reza Salmassian is a Board Certified Orthodontist. For any questions regarding this article or to schedule your complimentary orthodontic evaluation, please contact Dr. Salmassian’s office at 661-222-7444 or visit us at www.salmassianortho.com.