August 13, 2018
Have you recently gotten your braces in Murphy removed? Congratulations! You invested a lot of time and effort into your smile – and now you get the payoff. But, as with any type of dental treatment, it’s important to maintain your new smile so that it looks and feels great for many years. After all, it’s safe to say that most people don’t want to go through orthodontic treatment twice! Below, you’ll get 4 tips for how to make sure your smile not only stays straight, but healthy and beautiful as well.
Wear Your Retainers
This is the #1 tip for caring for your new smile. Although your teeth are straight when your braces come off, they’ll have a strong tendency to move back to where they were – quickly!
Here are some tips for getting the most out of your retainers:
- Wear them for the specified time – Each “retainer plan” is different. Some patients wear their retainers full-time for 6 months, then move to nighttime only. Others only wear them at night from the start.
- If you lose your retainer, replace it immediately – Your teeth can shift very quickly, so it’s crucial to wear retainers as consistently as possible, with minimal interruptions.
- Keep everything clean – If you have a fixed retainer on your lower teeth, be sure to use a floss threader to clean around it. Also, gently brush your removable retainers with toothpaste each day.
Remember, wearing your retainers now means you won’t need a “second round” of braces down the road.
Maintain Great Hygiene
A smile must be healthy before it can be beautiful. Fortunately, brushing and flossing will be a breeze after your braces have been removed (compared to the effort it took while they were on!)
You’ve spent a fair amount of time in the dental chair throughout your orthodontic treatment. With good hygiene habits, you won’t have to spend more time addressing cavities and gum issues.
Care For Sensitive Teeth
Your teeth go through quite a shock when braces are removed – similar to what they experienced when they were put on. For some patients, that leads to temporary sensitivity that usually subsides within several days.
A sensitivity toothpaste can help, as well as avoiding hard or crunchy foods for a day or two.
Whitening Adds a Final Touch
Now that you have a straight, even smile, it’s a perfect time for whitening. With an in-office whitening treatment, you can see up to 10 shades difference in about an hour.
Whitening is a fantastic final touch that adds that “extra something.” And the best part is that it can be done so quickly – even during a lunch hour.
Orthodontics in Murphy enhances your smile for the rest of your life. With these tips and tricks, you’ll be sure to get the most out of it!
About the Author
Dr. Jacqui Nguyen loves seeing how thrilled her patients are after having their braces removed. In addition to providing outstanding final results, she makes sure her patients can maintain those results for as long as possible. If you’ve recently had braces removed and have any additional questions, she can be contacted via her website or at (972) 516-2928.
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