You have done a lot of work to get the perfect smile. You wore your braces or Invisalign aligner trays and cared for your teeth, and now your treatment is done. You still need to take care of your teeth to keep your beautiful smile. Keeps these things in mind when you think about your oral care routine.
All patients require retainers after braces or Invisalign treatment. The type of retainer that Dr. Weber recommends will be based on your unique situation. It is extremely important to use it as directed by Dr. Weber. Retainers prevent your teeth from shifting back into their original position. 25% of orthodontic patients will need to wear braces again because they didn’t wear their retainers as instructed. Everyone’s teeth shift throughout life, whether you’ve had braces or not. That’s why retainers should be worn as instructed if you want your teeth to remain straight.
Brushing and Flossing
Brushing and flossing must be part of your daily oral care. Flossing helps remove the plaque, which becomes tartar or calculus. This buildup can lead to gingivitis and gum disease. Your gums may be puffy and more sensitive for a week or two after your orthodontic work is completed. A warm salt water rinse may relieve discomfort.
Your teeth may be slightly sensitive for a short time. They have been protected by your Invisalign aligner trays or covered with braces and now are fully exposed. You might want to try a sensitive toothpaste to get through the transition. Just ask; we will be glad to recommend the best type for your needs. If your teeth are stained, a professional whitening treatment can be considered.
Regular Dental Checkups
You still need to have regular dental exams. Professional cleanings and X-rays make sure that both your teeth and gums stay healthy so you can keep your teeth for life. If cavities or other problems are found, they can be taken care of quickly.
If you have any questions about how to care for your teeth after braces or Invisalign, please ask our Kansas City, MO team. We want you to keep your healthy smile and enjoy the results of your orthodontic treatment.