When the braces come off, most can’t help smiling. Bright smile maintenance, however, doesn’t end when you stroll out of the orthodontists’ office. Your teeth need time to adapt to their new position, or else they’ll slide right back into their original positions. Olson & White Orthodontics, your best choice for orthodontic care in O’Fallon and Florissant, MO, knows that you’ve spent a lot of time, effort and money getting your teeth to where they are now, and they’re committed to helping you keep your teeth the way you want them.
Whether you had traditional, clear or Invisalign braces, wearing your retainer is a crucial step to securing your new smile. Retainers come in the following types:
“Hawley”: The “Hawley” retainer is a wire attached to a thin but sturdy piece of acrylic molded to fit your mouth.
Clear: Clear aligners are less durable than Hawley retainers are, but they have the advantage of invisibility.
Fixed: Fixed retainers bond to the tongue side of the teeth and remain in place until removed by an orthodontist.
The experienced orthodontists at Olson & White Orthodontics will happily direct you to the best option for your teeth, and they’ll make recommendations regarding retainer care. Denture cleaners and special retainer cleaners are safe to use on most removable retainers. Hawley-type retainers can be cleaned with a toothbrush. Brushing and flossing keeps fixed retainers clean, though you’ll want to take extra care with nooks and crannies.
No matter what retainer you’re using, keeping your teeth clean is always essential to the health of your smile. After all that time in braces, don’t spoil the effect with less-than-conscientious oral hygiene. For care that extends beyond when the braces come off, turn to the experienced orthodontists at Olson & White Orthodontics. Schedule an appointment by calling their Florissant office at (314) 838-8762, or their O'Fallon office at (636) 978-9585, and visit their website to learn more about their practice.