Braces are not always going to be there, and at some point, they will have to be taken off. Nothing will be holding you back. No more holding back your smile. Your confidence will remain restored; you will no longer be shy about your teeth. It is a good feeling. We get it. But did you know taking good care of your teeth does not end there? If you wish to maintain that brilliant and robust smile, there are post-braces treatment care which you have to adhere to as recommended by the best orthodontists in Dubai.
But first, what should you expect after the braces come off?
6 Things You Should Expect After the Removal of Braces
When you get braces, you will have to put them on for quite some time, depending on what your orthodontist advises. Considering you had them on for close to 18 months or even longer, you might forget how living without braces feels like. Once they are off, there are some adjustments you might need to get used to just as in the case when you first got them. Here are the six things you will notice once those wires are removed.
Once the brackets are out, you may notice some calluses, especially on the inner parts of your lips. If you had metal braces, this should not raise the alarm as they are very typical. This happens when the metal braces keep on rubbing on the sensitive part of your skin. Such calluses develop quite fast when you first get the pair. However, you may not have felt them when you had the braces on as they responded well with your body. Should you notice them, which is pretty much the first thing you will realize, do not panic. They will disappear the same way they appeared.
You will quickly notice how even your teeth are and how different your smile looks. Bet you will even take a couple of snaps showing off your new set of teeth. Your look completely changes, especially if you have had braces for the last couple of months.
Eating becomes strange
You will observe how different chewing food becomes. Moreover, you will no longer have to be concerned about your diet. Bite those apples, eat those sticky foods you were cautioned about without worrying about some stubborn pieces getting stuck in your brackets. The dietary freedom you will now have is just incredible. Remember not to overdo it though, always maintain proper dental hygiene.
After your braces come off, you will notice some yellowish in parts of your teeth. This is one of the effects of trying to get straight and stronger teeth. This too, should not concern you as it is nothing Dr. Auday & Dr. Omar Rakeen can’t handle.
Brushing and flossing
Brushing and flossing your teeth becomes easier. You will no longer have too many restrictions as those braces are finally out. Be careful, though, not to take it easy. Ensure you continue maintaining high dental standards throughout.
Braces are not the end of the treatment for you. You will still need some follow up checks and other post-braces procedures which we shall look at below.
The Retention Phase
After the removal of braces, your teeth will have to undergo a critical stage with the help of orthodontic appliances called retainers. Periodontal ligaments are the fibers which hold teeth into place, meaning they are not rigid in the jawbone. Those fibers take longer to adjust to the new position of the teeth.
If not retained in the current position, teeth are most likely to go back to the place they were in before the braces treatment. If you got your braces in Dubai taken off, the orthodontist would recommend having retainers after then.
Types of Retainers
Once you get your braces taken off, you may get your retainers placed almost immediately after or a few days later. To ‘retain’ the teeth in place after the braces have been removed, one might be required to keep retainers on at least for the first six months. After that, your orthodontist will recommend whether or not to have them longer. All fasteners are custom-made for your mouth. There are currently three major types;
The Hawley Retainer
Made from sturdy acrylic and a combination of metals, this is a thin, tongue-shaped retainer customized for you. It fits snugly to your teeth. One can easily put it on or take it off. It can be personalized with a variety of colors and patterns to choose from.
The Essix Retainer
This is a clear retainer made from robust plastic and looks more like an Invisalign® tray. They are ideally invisible and are custom-made to fit your mouth. They too can be easily taken off. They comfortably fit on your teeth.
These are directly cemented to the inside of your teeth, mostly canines, to hold them in position. They are also placed away from the eyes of other people, but the wearer cannot take them off. These are some of the most recommended retainers when there is a likelihood of teeth reverting to their old positions.
Overall Dental Care after the Removal of Braces
Once the braces have been removed, it is essential to schedule regular visits to the dentist for advance teeth cleaning. There might be some leftover adhesives after the removal of braces which ought to be taken care of fast. Your orthodontist will also offer you some guidelines on how to effectively take care of your retainers until they are no longer needed.
Teeth whitening should also be considered as the space occupied by braces might have changed color over time. This is important if you wish to have a bright and even smile. Your orthodontist will recommend the different teeth whitening methods such as gels, toothpaste, trays, etc.
Taking care of your teeth after the removal of braces might be overwhelming, especially without the right guidance. Get in contact with one of the best braces clinic in Dubai for better care and treatment during and after wearing braces.