The entire two year duration where you had to wear braces were probably one of the most inconveniencing times during your life, because while braces do a great job in perfectly aligning your teeth and fixing overbites etc. they do come with a cost. The most obvious one being that they look very unappealing, then there is the excruciating pain after every adjustment appointment that lasted a week, and lastly having to abstain from sticky foods, caramels etc. that could potentially get stuck in the braces.
Once the braces are finally off, you can’t be any more excited, however, there is still an extra step you need to take after braces, that too a long term one, which is to wear retainers. Now retainers are basically like a metal wire that will go over your teeth to help keep the teeth in place. Unlike braces, retainers are removable, which makes them convenient during important events. Your orthodontist will strongly advise you to wear your retainers all the time during the first 8 months after your braces have been removed except for when flossing or brushing your teeth.
After the 8 month or 1 year period has passed, you will just have to wear them overnight while sleeping. You can then reduce that down to a few nights during the week and so on. You have to still keep using your retainers because your teeth can shift back to their original position if they are not kept in check with the retainer. So, if you get careless when it comes to using the retainer, you teeth will become misaligned again. For more information regarding retainers, you can consult your orthodontist, or visit AllThingsDrBobbi to book a consultation with Dr. Bobbi Peterson regarding your questions and concerns around braces or retainers.