After getting your braces off, it’s easy to get excited and not want to think about orthodontic care anymore. We’ve all been there! But the reality is that orthodontic care doesn’t stop immediately after the brackets come off. It requires maintenance for years and years to come.
If you don’t wear your retainer the recommended amount, your teeth will shift – it’s just a matter of time. Once your teeth shift, getting them back into their original places is hard without receiving more orthodontic care. Needless to say, just wear your retainers!
Listen to what your orthodontist tells you! For the first few months after getting your braces off, you will likely be required to wear your retainer every day and night. After that, you may only have to wear it every night. However, each person’s mouth is different, and your teeth may shift faster or slower, so it’s best to ask your orthodontist.
If your teeth have only shifted a minuscule amount and you can wear your retainer without forcefully pushing them on, then yes, you can wear your retainer. The plastic retainer will help to move teeth back into their straightening positions. However, you need to see an orthodontist if you can’t easily put your retainer back on. Forcing your retainer back onto your teeth can cause damage to your gums and nerve tissue. Your orthodontist will tell you whether wearing your retainers will do more harm than good.
If you notice your teeth shifting after receiving orthodontic treatment, you must take action before the problem worsens. To schedule a quick consultation with one of our orthodontists at Mequon Smile Design, call 262.240.9400 today!