Braces and other types of orthodontic appliances work to correct alignment issues so that your child can confidently flash a perfect smile and enjoy optimal oral health. But orthodontic correction does not end when the braces come off. The healing period immediately following removal of braces is just as important for long-term success. The orthodontists at Smiles for Kids Dentistry & Orthodontics in Albuquerque, New Mexico provide the retention care your child needs for the best results possible.
When your child is wearing braces, the devices exert pressure on the teeth to slowly move them into the proper position. When the teeth are where they should be, the same amount of pressure is no longer needed, so the braces are taken off. However, a gentle pressure is needed during the stabilization period—the phase of treatment when gum and bone tissue heal completely and secure teeth in their new position.
Custom-fit retainers provide adequate pressure during this healing phase. If your child does not wear their retainer according to our orthodontists’ instructions, teeth could drift out of alignment, requiring additional orthodontic work in the future.
Barring any injury or major oral health issue, orthodontic results can be near permanent if:
Smiles for Kids provides the comprehensive oral care your child needs for the best teeth straightening results. Our orthodontists take the time to help you and your child know what to expect throughout the entire process, and our dentists deliver the quality care and self-care instructions your child needs to maintain optimal dental health.