Did you know there are things you need to do to keep your smile and oral health in tip-top shape after you’ve removed your braces? Well, it’s true. Sadly, orthodontic treatment doesn’t make your smile and oral health completely invulnerable to dental issues. So, to help you keep your teeth, gums and smile in tip-top shape, Dr. Skeet Burris, Travis Fiegle & Katie Pluckett and our orthodontic team have some handy tips for you!
Tip No. 1: Wear your retainer – It’s important to follow Dr. Skeet Burris, Travis Fiegle & Katie Pluckett’s instructions and wear your retainer regularly. If you fail to do so, your teeth will be tempted to slide back into their original positions, giving you a once-again crooked smile. Then you would have wasted your time going through orthodontic treatment.
Tip No. 2: Keep up on oral hygiene – Remember to brush twice a day (every morning and every night), floss once a day (preferably at night when you’re done eating for the day), and rinse your mouth daily. But, more importantly, you need to schedule a dental cleaning with your dentist as soon as possible. This is an important step because there is a high chance there are areas of your smile that were neglected while you aligned your teeth. During your appointment, your dental team will deeply clean those nooks and crannies and reduce your chances of experiencing any dental problems, like tooth decay and gum disease.
Tip No. 3: Wait to whiten – If you want to brighten your teeth after you’ve removed your braces, it’s best to wait at least a month before taking advantage of any whitening treatment. This is because your teeth need time to strengthen and become less sensitive.
Using our tips will help you have a straight as well as beautiful and healthy smile. So, please do all you can to keep your smile in top-notch condition. To find answers to your questions, or to learn more about how to maintain the best oral health and smile after braces in Beaufort, South Carolina, please don’t hesitate to call our office at (843) 525-6228. Our Winning Orthodontic Smiles dental team is happy to hear from you so we can help you in any way we can!