It’s a happy day when it’s time for your children’s braces are finally coming off! No more stabbing wires, orthodontic visits, half-smiling, saying “no” too gooey caramel apples. After two or so long years, you’re done. The last thing you probably want to hear from your orthodontist is that, in fact, you’re not finished yet. Today we’re discussing why treatment doesn’t end when your Eau Claire children’s braces are removed.
Every person who completes orthodontic treatment must wear a custom-made retainer for about twelve months. But don’t be discouraged – the retainer is an important piece of your treatment plan and it is typically easy to deal with, comfortable and barely visible.
Why do you need a retainer after your Eau Claire children’s braces are removed?
As braces move your teeth, the bone, ligaments, and gums surrounding them are also shifting too and they need time to stabilize into their new positions. If you skip the retainer, your children’s teeth will likely drift back toward their original alignment. Then your child would either need to start all over again or face some of the problems they had before braces.
Whichever retainer your orthodontist recommends, it is important to strictly follow instructions for wear and care. Here are some suggestions you may hear from your orthodontist for removable retainers after your Eau Claire children’s braces.
Wear your retainer all the time. The few occasions when it’s acceptable to remove it include eating, brushing and sports activities.
Take it out before you eat. Some retainers will stain, and any retainer can trap food and plaque. It’s a good idea to keep your retainer case with you for storing when you take it out. Otherwise, you could lose it, as many youngsters have done when they tossed out a napkin-wrapped appliance with their lunch trays or left one in a pocket slated for the wash.
Have your child rinse and brush the retainer regularly, as they do their teeth. Regular toothpaste is fine. If the odor is a problem, you can soak it in a solution of water with a dissolved denture tablet, a process that also can help to disinfect it. Your children should never brush their teeth with the retainer in place.
Don’t use harsh chemicals on your retainer. These include bleach and alcohol-based mouthwashes. It’s fine to use baking soda and vinegar, but never boil your retainer or leave it exposed to heat or direct sunlight as you could melt it.
Store your retainer in a case with proper airflow. This will help eliminate possible mold and bacteria buildup.
Don’t try to adjust your retainer yourself. You could break or ruin it. Your orthodontist will gladly fix it for you.
If the next step in your braces treatment is a retainer, congratulations! You now have that beautiful smile and perfect alignment you were looking for. But keep in mind that your retainer is essential to ensure your teeth remain beautiful and healthy for the rest of your life.
Remember – teeth move throughout life and will continue to move without some type of retention. We will help your children maintain their magical smile with Eau Claire children’s braces.