Are you ready to have your braces taken off and get back to a metal-free smile once again? While your time in braces may be over, this does not signal the end of your orthodontic care. While traditional and alternative orthodontics are one of the most important aspects of your treatment in order to achieve a straighter and healthier smile, there are still more steps to follow in order to insure that your teeth remain in their correct positions for the rest of your life. The only way to keep your smile looking healthy and beautiful is through orthodontic retention from the experts at your local Corona orthodontist at the state of the art offices of Rekha Gehani, DDS.
The removal of your braces is not the end of your orthodontic treatment, but rather the end of the most difficult phase of your care. Once braces are removed, your doctor will begin to work with you through the actual final phase of your care. This last step to beautiful teeth and a healthy bite is known as the retention phase, and while it may sound painful or difficult, is actually as gentle as it is simple for patients to work through. The retention phase lasts for most patients for at least six months, and may require a greater length of time depending on the severity of a patient’s malocclusion. A six month long retention period utilizes a custom-made retainer for your specific oral needs that will work to insure teeth settle into their new and correct positions. A retainer is easy enough to use, but must be worn in your mouth as directed by your professional Corona orthodontist in order to work effectively. Patients should always take care to remove their retainer for cleaning as directed as well, as dirty retainers can actually work to spread tooth decay and cause cavities due to plaque and tartar build-up even as they work to straighten your teeth. However, certain bad habits can also cause problems for your teeth both during and after retention. The gum lines are a living tissue, and as such can be altered over time due to any need for additional dental care, the eruption of new teeth, and even bad habits such as biting nails, chewing pencils, and especially grinding of the teeth can all cause your teeth to move.
To insure your teeth never shift out of position, be sure to have your retention phase overseen by your neighborhood Corona orthodontist. Our fully licensed and professionally trained team at the advanced care center of Rekha Gehani, DDS have been proudly correcting bite problems just like yours for over 30 years. With orthodontic retention care from Rekha Gehani, DDS you can enjoy a beautiful smile for life.