How To Keep Your Teeth Straight After Braces

Orthodontics is a very busy part of our dental practice and we’re seeing a large increase in the number of adults seeking orthodontic treatment. Judging by the number of patients asking for clear braces in Clacton and other discreet methods of teeth straightening, we put this increase down to the fact that patients are no longer restricted to the conventional metal braces which many of us remember wearing when we were kids.

braces in clactonHaving your braces removed once treatment is complete is an exciting moment for sure, but we do have to bring patient’s back down to earth by explaining that if they choose not to wear a retainer, then there’s every chance that their teeth will move back into their old position, and all of their hard work will have been for nothing. No-one wants that to happen so it’s really important to wear a retainer as instructed by your orthodontist.

Why do teeth move after braces?

Braces are used when undergoing teeth straightening in Clacton to move your teeth into a more desirable position and once they’re taken off, elastic fibres in the gum attempt to pull the teeth back to where they were, in a process we call ‘orthodontic relapse’. It takes some while for your teeth and gums to settle down. The jaw also continues to grow and this can encourage the teeth to move after you reach the end of your treatment. You’re most at risk of your teeth reverting to their original position soon after your braces are removed, but rather than wear your retainer for just a few months, we recommend a lifelong commitment. Don’t worry, retainers are discreet and comfortable. There are two types of retainer removable and fixed. So let’s take a quick look at both

Removable retainers

These resemble a thin, transparent gumshield which fits tightly over your teeth to keep them in position. They’re custom-made by taking an impression of your teeth once the braces have been removed. In most cases they’re worn just at night when you go to bed, but your orthodontist will discuss this further with you.

Fixed retainers

Removable retainers have a nasty habit of going missing, so for peace of mind you might prefer to wear fixed retainers. These consist of a thin stainless steel wire which is bonded permanently to the back of your front teeth. This will usually be fitted as soon as your braces are removed, and prior to taking an impression for a removable retainer. You’ll soon get used to the retainer and it can’t be seen by anyone either. You will need to be extra vigilant when brushing your teeth, however as plaque can form beneath and around the wire.

If you need to visit an orthodontist in Clacton to get your teeth straightened, then why not make an appointment with Clacton Dental Care today by calling 01255 221001 or book online at We’ll soon have you smiling with confidence.

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