When braces or other orthodontics are first removed, most people feel a sense of freedom and relief. However, it is very important to maintain your oral hygiene routine after the braces have been removed. To maintain your new smile, a lifetime of good, preventative oral care will be required. If you choose not to follow oral care recommendations provided by orthodontist, or do not wear your retainer, your teeth can revert back to their original location.
Oral Hygiene – Maintaining a daily brushing and flossing routine is essential for a healthy mouth. Preventing tooth decay, bacteria and plaque buildup will reduce the chances that teeth will have issues in the future. A good oral hygiene routine will increase confidence and keep your smile beautiful.
Preventative Care – It is important to schedule regular visits to your dentist for check-ups and cleanings. Your doctor may take x-rays as well to examine the teeth further and to ensure they are maintaining their new positions.
Retainer – In the past, retainers were worn for a short period of time after braces were removed, but in recent years, dentists and orthodontists have realized that continuing to wear a retainer on a regular basis can make all the difference in keeping your straightened smile secure. If a retainer is recommended for you, be sure to follow your orthodontist’s instructions on how and when to wear it for the best result.
Sensitive Gums – For tender gums following braces removal, rinsing the oral cavity with warm or hot salt water can alleviate soreness and swelling. Sometimes the gums may be sensitive to flossing, as it is difficult to fully clean them with braces on, the salt water rinse should help firm the gums back up and have them healthy in no time.
To learn more about any of your post-braces needs, contact Dr. Fernanda Marchi at 203-292-6644.