It is an exciting time when your braces finally come off – however this is also the most critical stage of your treatment. You will most likely be getting a wire on the lingual (tongue side) of your top and bottom teeth. This will help to prevent your anterior teeth from moving after you have completed orthodontic treatment.
This is put on your teeth very much like how the braces were put on. The metal wire is glued on to your teeth with a special dental adhesive. You may notice a bit of an adjustment period as your tongue gets used to the wire. Any discomfort or speech issues caused by tongue obstructions typically resolve themselves within a couple of days.
You need to brush your retainer just as you would your regular teeth to ensure it stays clean. Brush your teeth (on your tongue side) more carefully, and floss your teeth with a floss threader (or super floss) to keep your teeth and retainer free from plaque. Avoid biting into hard foods that put more force on your front teeth, it is always advisable to use your side teeth to chew.
Dr. Virdee and her staff in Port Credit/Sudbury will show you how to properly take care of your new retainer to ensure your smile stays perfect for life! However, it is ultimately your responsibility to be aware of changes to your fixed retainer – please give us a call and let us know and we can bring you in for an appointment.