The time has come. Nearly 18 months after having those metal contraptions installed in your mouth, you eagerly visit the orthodontist and finally have your braces removed, revealing a beautiful new smile. The deed is done, and you’re ready to strut your stuff out of the office when he suddenly mentions the one word you forgot – retainer.
While often forgotten about during the de-bracing of your newly straightened teeth, retainers are the next instrumental player when it comes to maintaining that fresh smile. We have a few recommendations for how to make sure you can enjoy the fruits of your time and effort, for the rest of your life – and it starts with your retainer(s)!
‘Pro Tips’ to keep those pearly whites in place:
It’s important to talk to your orthodontist about the different kinds of retainers available to you. You may want a fixed retainer, or perhaps you’ve got your eye on the removable one. Either way, here are some tips on how to maintain the retainers as well as your teeth:
Take great care of your fixed or removable retainers, just as you will your teeth! Keep them clean and safely stored in a hard case, and keep that in a consistent place so you won’t lose it. After all, you’ve spent time and resources on your orthodontic treatment, and the results are fantastic.
Do you have any questions about maintaining a straight smile? Call Westermeier Martin Dental Care to schedule an appointment with your dentist 716-508-4547.