What Happens When Your Braces Come Off? Discover What Is Next

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You’ve waited patiently for your braces to come off, and it’s an exciting event after wearing them for a long time. Now removed, you’re ready for the next step in your dental care journey.

The feeling of straight teeth is exhilarating, and we know how much you love your new smile. But the truth is that your smile needs to be maintained even after your orthodontic treatment is complete.

What is Relapse?

Relapse is when your teeth gradually slide back to how they were before you began your braces or Invisalign treatment. Even though relapse occurs over a long period, it can be significant enough that you may need other braces or Invisalign treatment to undo the relapse. This is where retainers come in!

All About Retainers

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After your braces treatment is complete, it is now the beginning of the retention stage of your treatment. Retainers maintain pressure on your teeth to keep them aligned, holding your improved smile in place. In addition, retainers support the shape of your teeth after they have been restored or repaired. They are commonly used to protect the teeth while they heal or improve crooked appearance. The appliance is also used to help patients feel comfortable when eating or speaking.

Retainers can be customized to the patient’s needs. However, retainers also require some care since they can get old or worn out. OX is here for you if you have any questions about retainer care, replacements, or a backup to have on hand.

Types of Retainers

Essix Retainers are clear, removable plastic retainers worn regularly after braces or Invisalign treatment. The Essix Retainer is a flexible and durable oral appliance designed to improve the appearance and health of your teeth.

A Permanent or Fixed Retainer is a single metal wire attached to your teeth using a bonding agent. These are usually for the lower front teeth.

Hawley Retainers use both metal wires and hard plastic. They are custom-molded to fit snug but comfortably on the roof of your mouth, with a metal wire in front of your front teeth.

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