When we first start wearing brace, we can’t really wait for the 2 year period to be over because let’s face it, braces don’t look very attractive. There is also the added discomfort and pain that would happen for a few days after every adjustment session that would make it difficult for you to eat. Speaking of eating, there is also a list of foods that you cannot eat because of your braces. So, when it is time for you to get your braces removed, you’re understandably ecstatic, however, your journey doesn’t end here. There is still one last leg you need to be wary of, and that’s wearing your retainers.
Now retainers are basically a metal band that quite literally “retains” your teeth from moving around. It has been observed that our teeth tend to move around or “shift” once the braces come off, this is basically because your body’s way of going back to the way your teeth originally were before the braces. This is why your dentist will urge you to wear your retainer at all times once your braces come off, at least for the first 6-8 months after that. The only time you can take them off during that time is while brushing or flossing your teeth. Once the 8 month period passes, you have to just wear them overnight, and then this is reduced exponentially over the years, so you could just wear them overnight every 3 nights a week and so on.
People who get careless about wearing their retainer will overtime notice that their teeth have shifted and misaligned once again. This is why it is important to listen to your dentist’s advice in order to make sure that your results don’t go to waste. For more information, you can visit us at Westwood Orthodontics.