How to Maintain Your Teeth After Braces

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How to Maintain Your Teeth After Braces

You dealt with the expense of braces, you put in the effort and time, you endured the discomfort and hassle of the tooth alignment system. When it comes time to have your braces removed you feel elated because you finally have the smile that you always wanted and deserve. To ensure that you keep your smile in good shape after all that you have been through, there are some basic tips to keep in mind.

How To Keep Your Smile Intact After Your Braces are Removed

How to Maintain Your Teeth After BracesAt McBride Dental we know the commitment that it takes to get braces and keep them on for the full term that is required to straighten one’s teeth. It is highly important to keep your smile healthy and intact after your braces are taken off so that you can preserve the beautiful grin that you worked so hard to obtain. Here are some things to keep in mind as to how to ensure that your teeth stay just the way they were meant to be.

  • It is likely that you will require the use of a retainer to keep your teeth set where the braces positioned them. Your orthodontist will provide you with detailed instructions as to how to use your retainer and it is good advice to listen to them and follow through just as diligently as you did when you had your braces on. The retainer is extremely important to sustaining that straightened smile and if you neglect to wear it per the guidance of your orthodontist you are going to lose a lot of ground you gained when you had your braces on. Your teeth could actually move back to their previous position before you had your braces.
  • You may experience a bit of sensitivity after you have your braces removed and this is because, for all that time that your braces adhered to your teeth, the enamel underneath was covered. Now, newly exposed, those teeth can be a bit more tender and so it is a good idea to give them time to adjust. Avoid crunchy and thick, chewy foods, as well as harsh whitening treatments for a couple of weeks after your braces, were taken off. For more detailed instructions as to when it is safe for you to eat all foods and engage in other oral procedures, ask your orthodontist.
  • Check-in with your dentist for an appointment after your braces are off so that they can provide complete dental cleaning of the entirety of all your teeth. Additionally, it is beneficial to have an X-ray taken to determine if there are any points of tooth decay. Seeing the dentist after your braces are removed is essential to keeping your teeth, gums, and overall oral health in good shape.

Call A San Diego Dentist Today

The feeling of having your braces removed is amazing and because you put so much time and money into getting your smile just the way you want, keeping that smile intact and those teeth strong and healthy is critically important. At McBride Dental, our San Diego general dentists are committed to providing all patients with high-quality dentistry services, an exceptional experience, and tremendous comfort and support. Call the San Diego dental specialists at McBride Dental today to learn more about what dental services we offer than can help you or to schedule an appointment at (760) 471-1003. 


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