By Suter Orthodontics
April 10, 2020
Category: Oral Health

Taking Care of Your Teeth After Orthodontic Treatment

If you’ve recently had orthodontic care such as braces, you must take good care of your teeth to maintain your oral health. This means maintaining straight, white teeth for the rest of your life. Dr. Scott Suter of Colorado Springs provides orthodontic care for children and adults.

Start with a Professional Cleaning

Cleaning your teeth while you wear braces is difficult, so you may notice some yellowing or staining when your braces come off for good. This is the perfect time to start professional cleaning, now that your teeth are in their proper position. In addition to professional cleaning, you may want to consider in-office teeth whitening, so that your teeth are gleaming as well as straight.

Use a Retainer

After you’re done wearing braces, it’s important to make sure that your teeth stay in the correct position. This is why it’s a good idea to use a retainer. A retainer has a thin wire that passes across the front of the upper and lower teeth. It prevents them from moving back into their former position, which is a risk for the first few months after your braces are removed. Initially, you will wear your retainers all the time, but after twelve months, you will only need to wear them at night.

Daily Oral Health Care

Now that you have bright, straight teeth, a good daily oral routine will help you maintain it. Here’s how:

  • Brush twice each day with toothpaste that contains fluoride.
  • Replace your toothbrush with a new one every three months.
  • Floss each morning and evening or use a water pick.
  • Use an antibacterial mouthwash to keep your mouth extra fresh.
  • Clean your retainers every day.

If you live in or around Colorado Springs, CO, call Dr. Sutter today at (719) 550-0222 to book your next dental appointment and carry on smiling.