The feeling after you finally get your braces off is amazing! Your smile has never looked better and you’re ready to show it off to the world. But did you know that getting your braces off doesn’t mean that you’re in the clear for the rest of your life? Teeth can shift slightly over time and undo some of the work that your braces did. The braces and your orthodontist did their part, now it’s up to you to keep your smile perfect. Learn the things to help you keep your smile looking beautiful forever.
Wear Your Retainer:
Your retainer is the very best defense against shifting teeth. Wear it exactly as your orthodontist recommends, and it should keep your teeth from moving over time.
Remember the Value:
Braces are an investment in both money AND time. Remember what it took to get your smile looking the way it did. When you value that investment, you’ll be more likely to take care of it.
Regular Dental Checkups:
You may be finished in the orthodontist’s chair, but it’s really important to keep seeing your general dentist regularly. Make appointments for checkups twice a year for regular cleanings and exams.
Guard Your Mouth:
Be sure to always wear your mouthguard if you grind or clench your teeth at night. You should also wear one during any high-impact sports or activities where mouth injuries are possible.
Keep practicing good oral hygiene. Remember to brush and floss regularly to keep your teeth and gums healthy and strong.
If you think you may be seeing changes in your smile, don’t wait to contact us. It’s easier to correct or straighten teeth the earlier you notice a difference.
Contact Us for Help
A common cause of shifting teeth – especially for teens – is the eruption of wisdom teeth that can cause teeth to shift and crowd. Talk to your dentist or oral surgeon about how to keep your teeth straight, and call an orthodontist for their opinion if necessary.