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Congratulations! The day has finally come for your braces to come off. It’s exciting to reach the end of your initial treatment period and unveil that beautiful smile. While getting your braces removed is exciting, you’ll need smile retention to keep your new smile straight for life.

Wearing a retainer consistently after your treatment and coming to post-treatment appointments helps to ensure the longevity of your smile. Learn more about orthodontist appointments after braces and see how the retainer experts at Harvey & Thomas Orthodontics help patients achieve a lifetime of beautiful smiles.

The Importance of Retainers

Orthodontic treatment has many benefits beyond improving your look! A straight, aligned smile is also an asset to your long-term dental health. Diligently wearing your retainer keeps your new smile looking its best for years to come.

Your teeth naturally shift over time, which means that your great new smile may move out of the ideal alignment. Fortunately, wearing your retainer as directed will help you enjoy a straight smile for many years to come.

After treatment is over, we will install a permanent retainer behind the top and bottom teeth, and custom-fit a removable retainer to wear only at night. We’ll also give you all the information you need in order to properly clean and care for your retainer.

Orthodontist Appointments After Braces

You’ve been very patient to get your braces off, but there’s still a bit of work to be done to lock those results in the long term. Besides wearing your retainer as directed, it’s also crucial to keep up with your orthodontic appointments after braces.

After braces treatment, you’ll go to two retainer check-in appointments in the first year, and then once a year to monitor your wisdom teeth if you still have those. These visits help us monitor your progress and see that your smile retention is going as planned. Remember to take your retainers with you to these appointments, so we can make sure your retainer fits properly.

Learn More About Retention and Orthodontic Appointments After Braces

Retention safeguards your brand-new bite and ensures that your teeth don’t shift out of position. Between wearing your retainer consistently and going to retainer check-in appointments, you’ll have a radiant smile for life.

If you have any queries about smile retention and orthodontist appointments after braces, feel free to contact us. Our team is happy to answer any questions you have. Request a free consultation today!