Having orthodontic treatment is a big decision! Taking this step means that you will make an investment in time and money with the goal of enjoying a straighter, healthier smile that you are proud to show off.
So it can be a relief when you finish treatment and you can enjoy the results. However, you should know that orthodontic treatment does not end when your braces come off.
Many patients face two post-treatment challenges:
Staining or plaque buildup around the brackets
Teeth that relapse to their original position
To combat these two problems, there are three simple steps you can take to protect your investment:
- Schedule a thorough dental exam and cleaning. Most dentists recommend this visit to check your teeth and to remove stains or plaque that have accumulated during treatment.
- Use a soft toothbrush. If you have had braces, you are more likely to suffer from gum recession in the future. Brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush or use an electric toothbrush that is easier on your gums.
- Wear your retainer as directed. Want your straight new smile to stay that way? Wearing a retainer is necessary because it can take years for your teeth to adjust to their new position. So if you don’t wear your retainer as directed, you risk future alignment problems because teeth tend to move back to their original position.
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At Lucio H. Kim DDS, we offer orthodontics at our Glendale office that fit your needs. There are several options to choose from, and we will work with you to find the treatment that best fits your lifestyle and budget.
We are as committed as you are to ensuring that your straight new smile stays that way, so please call our office if you have questions about orthodontic treatment.