Having a beautiful smile can be difficult to achieve without the help of orthodontic work. Orthodontists work to enhance and straighten your smile, making you feel more confident about the way that you look. For some people, it is an absolute necessity that they go for orthodontic treatment because their current tooth alignment is causing problems with eating, speaking, and drinking. However, after removing braces, many people are unsure of how to retain their gorgeous smiles for life so that they do not have to go back for additional orthodontic work and procedures. Knowing how to maintain a beautiful smile after orthodontic treatment is essential to your self-esteem and confidence.
Your Smile Thanks to an Orthodontist
Orthodontists work to help your smile straighten and look it’s absolute best. Most of us are not born with perfectly straight teeth and some even have such horrible misalignment issues that our teeth can get in the way of smiling, talking and even eating. In order for these issues to be resolved, it is necessary that orthodontic treatment is done.
Orthodontists will start off with a consultation with a patient to determine what type of work they are going to need. Depending on your unique situation, you may have to go to an orthodontist for as little as six months to as long as five to six years. Smiles after braces are incredibly important, so your orthodontic professional will help with maintaining your tooth alignment.
How to Retain a Gorgeous Smile after Braces
After removing braces, you can expect a perfectly straight smile with big, gorgeous teeth. Unfortunately, it is often impossible to retain this straight look without the help of any orthodontic work in the future. In order to maintain your straight smile, it is recommended that you wear the retainer that your orthodontist has made specifically for you.
After the orthodontic appliances have been removed, you will be fitted for a retainer, which is a clear plastic appliance that is worn in the mouth. Depending on where you had the orthodontic treatment done, you may have just one retainer for the top or bottom or two for the upper and lower teeth. Smiles after braces will not stay straight unless you continually wear the retainer that was made and given to you.
In fact, orthodontic professionals recommend that you wear your retainer nightly for as long as you want your teeth to stay straight. There are many orthodontic patients who are still wearing their retainers 10 to 20 years after coming out of braces.
Visiting Your Orthodontist for Aftercare
After your orthodontic appliances have been removed, it is essential that you visit your orthodontist until it is deemed that you can maintain your smile on your own. Just because the Invisalign and other treatments have been removed and you are done wearing them does not mean that additional work will not be needed. If you do not go for additional treatment, you may experience flared teeth, which is what happens when you wear appliances that were not adjusted.
Your teeth get a flared look to them, protruding outwards rather than straight down. Also, if you are experiencing any problems with your retainer or teeth after the appliances have been removed, your orthodontic team will be more than happy to help out with this and get you feeling and looking your absolute best.
What to Expect When Braces Come Off
After the Invisalign or other appliances have been removed, you may notice that your teeth have white spots on them where the appliances were cemented. This is just temporary staining which will go away with time and with regular brushing. For those with Invisalign, it is normal to have bumps and ridges on the teeth because of the tight trays that were worn.
These can be easily filed down by a dentist so that your teeth look smooth and straight. In general, most patients who are finished with orthodontic treatment simply notice how big and straight their teeth look, providing them with a gorgeous and bright smile that they won’t mind showing off.
Years after Removing Orthodontic Appliances
It is not uncommon for patients who have had orthodontic work done in their teens to have to revisit the orthodontist later on in life. This is often due to not wearing their retainer, having a retainer break and then never getting it replaced or simply having normal crowding and adjustment of the teeth with age. This is why Invisalign is such a wonderful option for those who are in their adult years because they are able to straighten their teeth without the entire world knowing what they are doing.
In order for you to begin orthodontic treatment later on life, you are going to need to make a consultation appointment so that the professional can determine the perfect treatment plan for you at a price that you can afford. Insurance will help to bring down the costs of orthodontic treatment as well as credit cards and financing that may be available to you.
Visit Your Local Orthodontist Today
Our team of orthodontic professionals will be more than happy to help you achieve the smile of your dreams. If you feel it is time to get rid of the problems you face day in and day out because of a crooked and misaligned smile, contact us and we can set you up with a consultation with one of our professionals.
We have a variety of treatment options available to you so that you can get the straight and beautiful smile that you want without it feeling invasive, bulky, or expensive. We encourage you to learn more about the different treatment options available to you and how to maintain your smile after the treatment has been completed. With a straighter and more beautiful smile, you can be sure that you’ll feel a lot more confident about the way that you look and will not feel badly about smiling.
Orthodontic treatment is an ideal choice for younger kids, kids, and adults alike since there are so many different treatment options and appliances available to make your experience unique, comfortable, and convenient. We will be more than happy to assist you in scheduling an appointment with our team of orthodontic experts today.
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201 West Washington. Benton, IL 62812
Phone: (618) 438-2815
I obtained a Bachelor of Science degree at Southern Illinois University and then received my Doctorate of Medical Dentistry at the University of Kentucky. After, I attended the University of Tennessee to complete my Master of Science in Orthodontics degree.
I consider every minute of continuing education to be vital for my patients and myself. Staying current with the latest trends, techniques, and technologies within my field allows me to improve treatment efficiency and provide higher quality results for each person I treat.