So you’ve just spent 18 months wearing braces – showing up on time for your orthodontic appointments – and keeping your brackets in perfect condition. Now the time has arrived to commit to the final stage of orthodontic treatment – which means wearing your finishing retainer faithfully. For some orthodontic patients; getting brackets removed signals the end of treatment – but not so fast! Your body and brackets have worked hard to move your teeth in to desired positions – creating a beautiful, healthy smile. Teeth didn’t move over night, as it takes time for the body to adjust to the forces of orthodontic wires and brackets, and it also takes time for the body to rebuild supporting bone around teeth to keep them in their new position. Wearing an orthodontic retainer at the end of treatment ensures that teeth remain in the desired position – not just for a short time but for the rest of a person’s life.
NW Calgary Orthodontist – Cory Liss – instills the importance of wearing your orthodontic appliance according to your orthodontist’s instructions. As much as he loved being your orthodontist, he doesn’t want to see your smile in his office for yet another two years, and explains that when a finishing appliance is worn correctly the tendency for teeth to drift is prevented and the need for repeat treatment is removed. Cory Liss Orthodontics uses proven orthodontic technology that moves teeth with minimal force but with maximum efficiency. Utilizing systems like Damon Braces, Dr. Liss witnesses reduced tissue inflammation, less discomfort, and smoother movement of teeth – all contributing to a healthy bite and aiding the body build essential levels of bone to stabilize new tooth positions.
Dr. Liss agrees that the day orthodontic braces are removed is a time for celebrating – after all you get to eat all your favorite snacks that you’ve carefully avoided for months – but it’s not the time to neglect your new smile by forgetting to wear your retainer. Keep your teeth in their new healthy position by wearing your retainer as per your Calgary Orthodontist’s instructions – taking it out to eat and when brushing and flossing your teeth. If you have lost, broken, or have forgotten to wear your retainer for some time – call Cory Liss Orthodontics today – 403.287.07846.