When people think of orthodontic treatment, it’s likely that they picture braces above all else – but actually, Dr. Georgy regularly uses plenty of other custom-made oral appliances to help her patients achieve their ideal smiles! Take a look at our list below to learn more about each of these devices and their specific, unique benefits in greater detail, and don’t hesitate to contact Glenpool Braces today if you’d like to schedule an appointment for yourself or your child. You’ll be in the very best of hands with our experienced and personable staff.
After the patient has successfully completed orthodontic treatment and their braces or aligners are fully removed, there is still a very real possibility that the teeth may try to shift back towards their original positions. That’s why the diligent use of a retainer is strongly encouraged by Dr. Georgy here in Glenpool, OK. Each retainer is painstakingly customized to match the patient’s unique mouth and needs – it may come in the form of a removable appliance or a fixed device that’s bonded in place for some time.
Many patients want to know how long they will have to wear their retainer. As already stated, every case is different, but on average, removable retainers should be worn 24 hours a day for at least the first six months following the removal of your braces. Following that stage, patients should be able to switch to nightly wear.
Retainers should always be removed from the mouth when eating, playing contact sports, or brushing and flossing at home. Patients will also need to clean them regularly by brushing them in tap water with their toothbrush and a little toothpaste. When not wearing your retainer, it’s highly recommended to keep it safe in a case and not wrap it in napkins/tissue if you don’t want it to be accidentally thrown away.