Oral Care After The Brakes Have Been Removed
Many patients imagine beautiful white teeth when the braces are removed. While your teeth will be beautiful and straight, they are probably not white. They will be at least the same color as when you have braces on your teeth. Depending on your oral health, your teeth may be darker if you have food with dyes, tooth decay problems or if you don’t brush and floss often.
That process took place in small steps, in a slow and constant process. Removing the pressure from the alignment or bow wire trays does not immediately stop the movement of the teeth. That’s why holders and a commitment to use them are so important to ensure you can enjoy their hard work and great results for life. Removable Zahnarzt Zürich holders have an unpleasant habit of disappearing, so you can prefer to use fixed holders for your peace of mind. These consist of a thin stainless steel wire that permanently connects the back of the front teeth. This is usually adjusted once the brakes have been removed and before a removable holder is pressed.
This phase of “retention” care is crucial for the long-term stability of the treatment results. The orthodontist will want to see you about every month to ensure that the braces press constantly on your teeth. They will adjust the cables, springs or rubber bands to create more tension and pressure. In some cases, the brackets alone are not enough to straighten your teeth or change your jaw. Nobody wants that to happen, so it is really important to use a holder according to your orthodontist’s instructions.
The unfortunate truth is that teeth always need some form of guidance to support themselves immediately after orthodontic treatment. If you stop using your holder, your teeth will eventually start to change. In fact, most adult orthodontic patients had braces when they were younger. As time passes, factors arise that we simply cannot control and ultimately affect our bites.
Every time you brush your teeth, you also brush the holder, but not with toothpaste. Disinfect the holder once a day or at least once a week by immersing it in a denture cleaner, such as Efferdent, Polident or another brand solution. Rinse the container well with running water before putting it back in your mouth.