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Do You Need to Go to Orthodontist Appointments After Braces

Do You Need to Go to Orthodontist Appointments After Braces

Getting braces removed is a happy time for anyone. While you may think that you don’t have to visit the orthodontist ever again, braces removal isn’t the end of your orthodontic treatment.

After you get your braces off, you will need to be fitted for a retainer to make sure that your smile stays straight. Follow all retainer instructions from your orthodontist to ensure all the effort you put into your smile will stick!

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What Treatment is Needed After Braces?

After finishing orthodontic treatment with us, we’ll probably only have to see you for a retainer check-in visit one year later. A number of changes can occur to your teeth after wearing braces, such as your teeth falling back into their original shape, and your orthodontist will want to ensure that you receive quality care. 

Why It’s Important to Wear Your Retainer

As the ligaments in your mouth are flexible, they have a tendency to push back to their original shape when braces are removed. Wearing a retainer will stabilize your new alignment, making sure that you don’t undo months – or even years – of orthodontic treatment.

Retainers do just that: They hold your teeth in the right position so that your mouth doesn’t work against itself after braces are removed. You’ll be given a type of retainer that fits your specific needs, and you will need to wear it consistently to make sure they work effectively. If you don’t, you could undo all the positive effects of your braces!

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How Often Do You Go to the Orthodontist After Braces

After you’re finished with your treatment, we will prescribe a retainer to fit your needs. Make sure you wear it consistently so your teeth don’t shift out of position! We will probably need to see you one year out from the end of your treatment for a retainer check-in appointment. Don’t forget to bring your retainer to this appointment so we can make sure that your retention period is going smoothly!

Smile Retention with Lund Orthodontics

While you may be pumped to get those braces off, your work isn’t done! Wearing your retainer consistently safeguards your smile investment so you can enjoy a lifetime of healthier smiles.

Lund Orthodontics provides high-quality clear and metal braces that can help you discover your best smile. With a number of treatment plans and options for your orthodontic treatment, we’re confident we can put together a winning orthodontic solution for you. Call us at 425-335-5700 or schedule an appointment online to start that conversation today!

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