Having the braces off one’s teeth is a big day, as they get to enjoy their rewards after their painful and arduous journey spanning months or even years wearing braces and sacrificing their favourite foods and dishes to ensure that their braces do not get affected. But, removal of braces does not mean the end of story for pursuit of straight and healthy teeth. Every medical process requires a period of precaution post treatment, and even straightened teeth need some precautions post the bracing process to ensure that they retain their perfect shape.
While the attachment, adjustment and the subsequent removal of braces are majorly responsible for the tooth remodelling process, the human teeth, like any other body part, needs time to adapt to the new shape and orientation. When the braces were attached to your teeth, the body had started to adapt to it by sending messages to the bones and other connective tissues around it to adjust themselves accordingly in order to make space for the braces. This process of readjustment takes time, and post removal of the braces, the body takes time to reset to its original state. To ensure that the teeth and other dental fixtures do not start changing their shape again and retain the shape afforded to them by the braces, retainers are used. These retainers keep the teeth shape left by the braces intact while helping the dental bones and tissues reset back to its original state.
Retainers work by restricting the movement of the teeth and preventing shifting and moving of the teeth. The human teeth has a general tendency to shift in orientation slightly over a period of time. Retainers send messages to the dental bones and tissues and stops their movement and thus helps to retain the alignment of the teeth. Some kinds of retainers are cemented to the backside of your teeth, while the most common types of retainers are made out of acrylic and a metal guide wire that are fitted to the mouth. Retainers are removable, but they only work when you actually wear them all the time.
The first six months after the dental treatment are very crucial, as it can enhance or break the progress you made with your braces to straighten your teeth. For the first six months, you need to have retainers for 24 hours, that is, full time. Post that six months, your dentist may ask you to instead wear retainers only during the night, before you sleep, to ensure that the perfect teeth shape remains. To ensure that you get the best from your orthodontic treatment, make sure to wear retainers as specified by your orthodontist and have your retainers replaced as soon as you lose them or break them. Making sure to maintain good oral health boosts up the recovery process, as well as regular dental check-ups.
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