How to Take Care of Your Retainer

January 1, 2019

Your orthodontic care does not end when the aligners are removed. Retainers are essential to stabilizing your new tooth arrangement. The braces or aligners force the teeth to return to the mouth, which involves the absorption of bones at the back of the oral cavity. To maintain your new look, you must use the retainers for a period that has been determined by Dr. Bailey, Dr. Smith, or Dr. Johnson. In many cases, patients must use these products for the rest of their lives. Depending on certain factors, the period can even be as short as three months. Retainers are used only intermittently, usually three to five times a week, for those who use them throughout their lives.The care of the retainers is essential to keeping your teeth in their new condition. The care of the retainers can be carried out as follows:

CLEAN YOUR RETAINER REGULARLY
Treat your retainers as your own teeth! Carefully scrub your retainer with a toothbrush and water after each use. Avoid brushing the retainer with toothpaste, as the toothpaste might be abrasive and cause scratches that will make it difficult to clean the keep your retainer clean.

WEAR YOUR RETAINER OFTEN
Use your retainer as often as recommended by your orthodontist. It’s best that you keep your retainer upright, so your smile stays perfect. Remember, retainers only work if you use them!

AVOID HEAT ON YOUR RETAINER
Your retainer will only work if it fits properly! Your doctor will prepare it with the perfect support for your mouth, but it’s up to you to make sure it stays that way. Avoid leaving your retainer in a hot environment, such as a windowsill or a hot car. It will melt or wrap. Never put it in boiling water; you may think that boiling it is a great way to make it as clean as possible, but the heat will ruin it.

KEEP YOUR RETAINER AWAY FROM PETS
Yes, you love your furry best friend, but they have a special ability to snack on retainers. Keep your retainer safe and away from pets at all times.

AVOID PUTTING NAPKINS ON YOUR RETAINER
If you wrap your retainer in a napkin during meals, it may be easy for your waiter or you to throw it in the trash accidentally. To avoid getting into the bin, keep your retainer in its storage box!

SOAK YOUR RETAINER
To add extra cleaning to your retainer, try soaking it. You can buy retainer cleaner, which comes in tablet form, or you can make your own cleaning solution by mixing 1 part of sodium hypochlorite with ten parts of water. Soak for 5-10 minutes, and your retainer will be perfectly clean.

REPLACE YOUR RETAINER WHEN NEEDED
Even a well-made retainer eventually wears out. If you find that your retainer is deteriorating or behaving differently, contact your doctor. Replacing your retainer when due is an important part of maintaining your smile.

CAREFULLY PUT ON AND TAKE OFF YOUR RETAINER
When you put on your stand, make sure it is always on. There should be no gap between the teeth and the support. When removing it, do not twist it with your tongue or pull it to one side. Otherwise, the retainer may get damaged. Loosen your retainer in several places when you remove it and then ease it off. Do not forget to store it in its storage box!

BRUSH YOUR TEETH BEFORE AND AFTER WEARING YOUR RETAINER
Before and after putting on your retainer, brush your teeth. If you put your support on dirty teeth, your support will get dirty much faster, and it is not good for your teeth

KEEP YOUR RETAINER ONE SPOT
It sounds obvious, but do not lose your retainer! Always keep it in the bag when not in use and keep it out of reach of dogs or children. If you lose it, make sure you replace it.

We cannot stress this point, use your support! Your teeth can change throughout your life. Even if you think your teeth are straight and will stay that way, it is essential that you continue to use your retainer! Taking care of your retainer will help to make your teeth look good and make the most of your investment, and do not forget to show off your big smile. For any retainer questions that you might have contact Dr. L’Tanya Joy Bailey, DDS, MS, PLLC in our Old Plank Location or Hickswood Location.

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How Long Will You Be in Braces?

How Long Will You Be in Braces?One of the most common questions we get from our patients is “How long will I need to wear my braces?” Unfortunately, there is no set answer, as each case is unique!

However, there are a few important factors that can help determine a timeframe you may be wearing braces for. These factors include your age and the severity of your case, but it’s important to note, estimated times may change depending on progress. Response time to treatment is often unpredictable.

Primary Treatment Times and Factors

The most crucial factor that will help determine how long you’ll be in braces is the severity of your case. Your orthodontist must take into consideration how much room there is for teeth to maneuver, how far your teeth need to move to meet the desired goal, your overall mouth health (including teeth, gum, and bone strength), and of course, how well you follow instructions for care outside of the dental office.

Research shows that the earlier any issues are identified and treated, the shorter the treatment time would be. Braces tend to be worn on average for a period between one and three years for comprehensive treatment. Once you’ve completed your treatment plan, you may be required to wear a retainer or have some other form of follow up treatment. This is usually to aid in maintaining results.

Good Dental Hygiene

Patients who maintain good dental hygiene and follow all instructions provided by their orthodontist may even cut down their time in braces. Good dental hygiene prior to getting braces will usually mean that the teeth, gums, and bones are strong and in good health, which will make the process easier.

Type of Braces

There are a few common options for braces available, including standard metal braces, ceramic braces, and Invisalign. Different types of braces require a different treatment plan and aftercare. This may affect how long you have braces, especially if home care instructions are not followed accurately. It is also possible that there may be damage to braces over time and repairs may be required. In both cases, you may have to wear them for a bit longer.

Your Orthodontist Makes a Difference

Regardless of the severity of your case, choosing Bracify 3D Orthodontics will make all the difference. We have a highly trained, qualified, friendly, and experienced orthodontics team.

We do our best to work with you to ensure that you completely understand your treatment plan. Before starting your treatment, we will teach you how best to adjust to wearing braces and caring for them. To beautifully align your teeth in the shortest time frame possible, book an appointment with Bracify 3D Orthodontics today!

Tips for Cleaning Your Invisalign Aligners

Invisalign Aligners are lovely, aren’t they? No brackets, no wires and, most importantly, transparent, so they don’t get in the way of your beaming smile. Invisalign Aligners do come with some maintenance, though, to keep them bacteria-free and looking clear as day. Check out these simple steps to help you keep your trays clean.

1. Brush Your Teeth, But Rinse the Aligners.

Brushing your teeth before putting in your aligners helps to prevent food and plaque from getting stuck pressed up against your teeth when the aligners are in place. Sounds nasty right? So, make sure your teeth are nice and clean before putting the aligners on.

That said, only use toothpaste for your teeth. Don’t use toothpaste to clean your aligners as many brands have ingredients that can scratch up or cloud the trays, making them less clear. Rinse your aligners off with water and some non-colored antibacterial soap instead, and do it every time you take them out of your mouth. This will help keep dry saliva and plaque from forming bad-smelling bacteria on them.

2. Daily Soaks

Soak your aligners at least once a day to give them a deep clean. If you do brush them, make sure to do it gently to avoid scratches. Denture cleaners can also work well to sanitize the trays, so you aren’t putting any unnecessary bacteria in your mouth.

3. Avoid Eating and Drinking

Many foods and drinks can stain or do damage to your aligners so, stick with drinking water instead. When it’s time to eat, remove the trays (remember to rinse them out!) and eat to your heart’s content. Make sure your teeth are clean before re-inserting.

Give Us a Call

If you ever run into problems or have questions about your Invisalign Aligners, or maybe you think it’s time to get a pair for yourself or a family member, then give Bracify 3D Orthodontics a call today to schedule an appointment. Dr. Gupta and her team will help ensure your teeth are looking just as perfect as your smile.

6 Tips To Get The Most From An Invisalign Treatment

Invisalign is an excellent option for adults and teens interested in straightening their smile without traditional metal brackets or wire braces!

Why Invisalign?

Invisalign is known for being more convenient and less painful than some of the conventional options, but there are things you must do to ensure it’s a successful form. If you fail to take care of your teeth while using Invisalign, you won’t get the beautiful smile you long for and deserve. Here are some of the essential tips to remember when using Invisalign!

You Must Rinse and Floss Daily

The most important tip – no matter where you read about Invisalign treatments – is to rinse and floss every single day after you eat. Most people remember to brush their teeth after eating. However, rinsing with water will help to loosen the food particles, and you can floss to help get rid of food that has gotten stuck between the teeth.

Think of your Invisalign as being your real teeth. Treat them like you would regular teeth – brush, rinse, and floss. By doing this, you improve your chances of successful treatment.

What many people fail to recognize is that Invisalign is plastic aligner, which will hold onto food even after brushing. That is why it is so essential to rinse and floss after eating or drinking.

Wear Your Aligners

If you want to get the most from your Invisalign aligners quickly, you should be wearing them at least 22 hours a day, removing them for times when you’re eating, drinking or playing some contact sports. (Don’t forget to brush and floss after eating and drinking before putting the aligners back in, and then brush again to minimize bacteria in your mouth.)

If you decide to keep wearing your Invisalign aligner while playing contact sports, consider buying a mouth guard to protect your “investment” and teeth.

Use Chewies

Invisalign treatment is only successful when each tooth fits appropriately in the aligner. How do you know if your aligner isn’t fitting just right? If you feel air gaps between the teeth and aligner, then there is an issue. This is where chewies come in to help. They are small, plastic cylindrical cushions that will help in sealing the aligner, so they fit against your teeth.

Regular use of chewies can improve the chances of the treatment finishing in a shorter time frame. Just use them several times a day for up to 10 minutes each time to get the benefit they provide.

Change Aligners When Directed

Your orthodontist is going to give you a schedule of when you need to change your aligners. Don’t ignore it. Don’t think you can wait a few more days before changing them or that you can change them a day or two early. Changing them early or late can harm the overall treatment.

See Your Orthodontist Regularly and Get Your Cleanings

You already know how important oral health is, which is why it’s stressed that you get your teeth cleaned two times a year. Many people neglect their mouth, which can lead to other health problems. If you’re seeing an orthodontist for Invisalign treatment, you don’t want to ignore your cleaning.

On top of that, your orthodontist can determine if the Invisalign isn’t working like it should, making adjustments where necessary and coming up with solutions, so you get the most from the treatment.

Use Your Retainer

Once you have finished wearing your aligners, your retainer is another essential part of your treatment. The retailer should be worn every day until your orthodontist tells you it’s okay to wear it only at night.

Always follow your orthodontist’s instructions regarding the treatment plan to ensure its success. It can take anywhere from six months to a year for your Invisalign treatment to work. It’s not uncommon for many people to need another set of Invisalign aligners in the middle of their treatment, but remember what the goal is: to give you a beautiful smile you desire and deserve.

Book an appointment with our team at Bracify 3D Orthodontics to see if Invisalign is right for you!

Dental Wax: Your Sidekick in Living with Braces

Ah, braces. A necessary pain. Braces can be uncomfortable at times, but luckily, that is exactly what dental wax is for. Like a knight in pearly-white armor, dental wax is here to save the day!

What is Dental Wax?

Dental wax is a natural wax, usually made from beeswax, carnauba, or paraffin that you apply to your braces to give them a smoother, more comfortable surface. The wax provides a buffer between the hard metal and your soft mouth. It’s great when your braces feel “scratchy” or when a wire breaks and you need to keep it from stabbing into your mouth while you wait for an orthodontist visit.

Unfortunately, if you accidentally digest even the smallest amount, you’ll need to go to the ER to have it removed from your stomach. Kidding! Only kidding. It wouldn’t make much sense to put a toxic product in your mouth, now, would it? (I’m looking at you, tobacco users). Dental wax is perfectly safe and it’s ok to accidentally swallow some as it wears away. Some waxes may even be flavored with mint or other natural and safe ingredients.

Over time, dental wax will wear away and rub or flake off your braces. That is totally normal, and again, it’s safe to digest. If your braces get uncomfortable, simply apply another layer.

How to Apply It

Before you do anything, wash your hands to avoid putting unwanted germs and bacteria in your mouth. Then, you will want to brush your teeth, specifically focusing on where you want to apply the wax.

The wax itself is solid at room temperature, but you can soften and shape it by squeezing and rolling it around in your hands. You will want to stick with a small amount, maybe the size of a pea. Once the wax is soft enough, simply push it onto the part of the braces where you need it. You could also use your tongue to get it exactly where you want it.

Eating with the wax on can be a little difficult since it may stick to your food. You can remove it before eating, but if you decide to leave it on, be sure to replace any dirty wax after you eat. It wouldn’t do any good to your smile if you had old food stuck to your teeth.

You can use floss to remove the wax as long as you are careful not to damage your braces or gums.

You Can Survive Braces

Life with braces can be a drag sometimes, but it is well worth it. Your orthodontist and dental wax are both there to help. Use the wax as your sidekick to help you survive the day-to-day and always be sure to make an appointment Bracify 3D Orthodontics if you need help or have questions about living with your braces.

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