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Help, I’m Wearing my Orthodontic Retainer, but my Teeth are Moving!

Beecroft Orthodontics LAST UPDATED: APRIL 25, 2017

When you've gone through the lengthy process of treatment with braces, it's a great sigh of relief when those braces come off and you can finally show off those pearly whites. Wearing an orthodontic retainer is just par for the course, the final stage of treatment that will help you to preserve those straight teeth after all of that time and effort.

FAQ

Orthodontic Retainers and Post-Braces Care: What if Your Teeth Move?

You need to follow your orthodontist's instructions to the letter and wear that retainer for as long as is specified. If you've noticed some shifting after your braces come off, even while using your retainer, don't be alarmed. It's all a part of the process.

Can I Expect Some Movement in the Initial Period After the Braces Come Off?

When your braces come off, movement is to be expected. Your gums are going to start to adjust, becoming healthier as you can finally give yourself excellent oral hygiene once more. In addition, your teeth will actually start to settle once the wires and brackets are removed. They'll come together in a natural way. This shifting or settling is generally more noticeable in the back or on the sides. Shifting should not be as obvious in the most important area, the front that is the first thing everyone sees.

What Are Other Factors that Affect Movement After Your Braces are Removed?

Even though you are wearing your retainer, you may still see minor changes in the alignment of your teeth for a variety of reasons. If you are still growing, your jaw will be changing and this may alter the appearance of your teeth. You also need to pay attention to your tongue. If you are in the habit of pressing your tongue against your teeth, it may cause shifting. Do your best to avoid any unnecessary pressure on your teeth. You should not see any major alterations. Remember that your body is going to change as you age and that includes your mouth. As your jaw adjusts, shifts, or moves over the course of the coming years, you may see slight alterations in the appearance of your teeth as well.

Should I Keep Wearing My Retainer and See My Orthodontist?

The main thing you need to remember is that your retainer is a must. You have put in the time and invested a great deal of money in getting that beautiful smile. In order to have the most promising results after you've had orthodontic treatment, keep wearing your retainer for the length of time per your orthodontist's instructions. If you are concerned about any shifting in your teeth, make an appointment with our orthodontist specialist at Beecroft Orthodontics. An adjustment in the type of retainer you are wearing may be a remedy to the problem. Your orthodontic specialist will be able to answer all of your questions and assist you in whatever way possible to make sure you keep a beautiful smile for years to come.

Contact Us Now!

We at Beecroft Orthodontics hope that we have done enough to clarify the difference between the two. For any further consultations or if you would like to utilize our services, do not hesitate to call us. We eagerly await the chance to guide you on the journey back to dental wellness.

Beecroft Orthodontics, 10472 Georgetown Dr. Fredericksburg, Virginia

Phone: 540-898-2200

Help, I’m Wearing my Orthodontic Retainer, but my Teeth are Moving!

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Two Minutes Twice a Day

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Tooth brushing Mistake No.3: “Not Brushing Often Enough or Long Enough”

If your child has the bad habit of not brushing often enough or long enough, you know that there are going to be problems down the line. In addition to flossing on a daily basis, your child should brush his or her teeth for at least two minutes every time. That means devoting at least a minute to the top and a minute to the bottom, thoroughly brushing every surface to ensure the teeth are cleaned well. It's also essential that your child knows the proper method to brush teeth. Strokes should be short, moving back and forth across every surface, using the tip to get in hard to reach places, such as behind teeth that are in the front. If your child doesn't brush long enough, bacteria can continue to breed, leading to gum disease. Accumulating debris can cause decay and excess plaque can actually lead to heart problems in the future.

Brushing Often Enough is a Must as Well

In addition to the length of time that your child brushes, it is also to brush often enough. Twice a day is the recommended amount, once in the morning and once at night. However, your child can be even more vigilant and brush after every meal time, ensuring debris is removed from the teeth. Each time plaque is removed, it ensures better oral health.

Discuss Good Oral Hygiene and More

As you help your child to take care of his or her teeth, you may have additional concerns that require an orthodontist. Visit our website and make an appointment at Beecroft Orthodontics to discuss a host of issues, including Invisalign teen cost and Invisalign teen review. Help your child to have a beautiful smile. Begin with brushing and learn about other alternatives to make those pearly whites shine.

Beecroft Orthodontics, 10472 Georgetown Dr. Fredericksburg, Virginia

Phone: 540-898-2200

Two Minutes Twice a Day

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Right Bristles Make the Right Toothbrush

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Tooth brushing Mistake No. 2: “Not Picking the Right Bristles”

A parent who cares about his child's oral health will encourage that they brush their teeth twice a day in addition to setting a good example by doing this themselves. In addition to investing in braces to make their smile beautiful, the next best investment a parent can make is investing in a toothbrush with the right bristles. It's easy to avoid the mistake of not picking the right bristles for the toothbrush used on a daily basis.

Types of Bristles

An orthodontic can offer valuable feedback on the best type of toothbrush bristles for your child. Most individuals prefer a soft-bristled toothbrush because it feels more comfortable in the mouth. And if a toothbrush feels comfortable and easy to use, a child will be more motivated to brush his teeth at least twice a day in order to remove any food particles sticking to his braces. Most people are surprised to discover after discussing bristles with an orthodontic specialist that firmer bristles don't do a more effective job than soft bristles at removing plaque, food particles and stains from teeth. Extra-soft bristles are recommended for individuals whose mouths are sore after a dental procedure or who have sensitive gums and teeth.

Bristle Patterns

In addition to the softness of toothbrush bristles, the shape and pattern of bristles on the toothbrush can help the brushing process be as effective as possible. Many toothbrushes today offer innovative features such as cup shape bristles designed for more detailed coverage while brushing, smaller toothbrush heads to get into crevices and corners more easily, bristles arranged in a diagonal pattern to be able to reach the gum line and sides of the teeth, and bristles that indicate when a toothbrush replacement is recommended.

Beecroft Orthodontics is committed to helping you achieve the best oral care possible. Call on us for any guidance you need regarding picking the right bristles on the toothbrushes, you and your children will be using twice a day.

Beecroft Orthodontics, 10472 Georgetown Dr. Fredericksburg, Virginia

Phone: 540-898-2200

Right Bristles Make the Right Toothbrush

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