Braces are an investment. Although Smiles for Kids Dentistry & Orthodontics takes care to offer affordable options, we know that orthodontic care can be a big expense. That’s why it’s so important to take steps to maintain straight teeth after the braces are removed.

What Happens After the Braces Come Off?

Straight teeth don’t happen overnight, and your child may need to wear braces for several months or years to correct alignment issues. Once your orthodontist is satisfied that the teeth have moved into the correct location, he will create a custom-fitted retainer to hold those teeth in position. This will allow the gums and jaw to adjust to the teeth and form more permanent bonds, holding them in place. Orthodontic applianceWearing a retainer is an important step in maintaining straight teeth. Be sure that your child follows the orthodontist’s instructions. Depending on the type of retainer provided, it may need to be worn day and night or only while the child sleeps. Other considerations may also apply in some situations.

Long-Term Tips for Straight Teeth

Braces work because teeth are not fixed permanently in the mouth. They can be moved with consistent pressure. This means that once teeth have been straightened, they can still succumb to outside forces that can force them back out of alignment. The eruption of wisdom teeth, facial trauma, tooth decay and gum disease can all lead to teeth changing alignment and position. This is why it’s important to receive ongoing dental care throughout your life, and at Smiles for Kids, we are committed to providing quality dental care in a friendly, non-threatening environment so that children will have a solid foundation for future dentist visits. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists or orthodontists.

Contact us at 892.9010 for the West Side location or 299.9606 for Northeast Heights.