BRACES MAY BE ONE OF THE BEST WAYS TO CREATE A SMILE
BRACES MAY BE ONE OF THE BEST WAYS TO CREATE a smile you love to share. Knowing this, many people still shy away from this option because they don’t want to deal with the hassle and embarrassment traditional braces can cause. At Orthodontics San Antonio we understand these could be concerns for patients of all ages.
That’s why our doctors are proud to give you multiple options for your orthodontic care, including lingual braces.
What are lingual braces?
This great new advancement in orthodontics gives you the opportunity to have braces that attach to the inside surface of your teeth, also known as the “lingual” area. After taking a simple mold of your teeth we can design a custom plan that fits brackets on the inside, making your orthodontic care invisible to the rest of the world. For more information, a short video that explains lingual braces can be found on our website.
Are you a good candidate?
If you have previously avoided braces because you don’t want the look of that bulky metal for months, lingual braces may be your solution. Lingual braces are also good for those who can’t use our Invisalign due to plastic sensitivity. Another advantage to lingual braces is for those who play high contact sports, which make traditional bulky braces unsuitable.
It’s important to remember that lingual braces are not offered at all orthodontic offices. This type of system involves extra training and certification, and Drs. Gemmi and Middleberg are both confident in offering their patients this service. To find out more about lingual braces, and how they can be an option for your new smile, contact us today. With a simple consultation we can let you know how lingual braces can work for you.
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At the completion of active orthodontic treatment all braces will be removed from your mouth. At this point, the teeth have been moved to create the best possible smile and bite!
Just because the braces are not on your teeth anymore does not mean the teeth will stop moving. Teeth will always shift, causing bite changes and crowding. To prevent this shifting we ask that you wear retainers. There are several types of retainers, ones that can be glued to the back of your teeth, or ones that are removable which you can take in and out of your mouth.
When you first get your braces off you should wear your retainers all the time, except when you eat or brush your teeth. Typically, we ask you do this for the first 6 months out of braces. Dr. Spoonhower will tell you when you can reduce the amount of time that you need to wear your retainers. Usually, after the first 6 months you’ll wear your retainers after dinner and to bed (about 12 hours per day).
When you remove your retainers to brush your teeth, you should brush your retainers also. Use only cool water and a toothbrush (no toothpaste). Always store your retainers dry, never let them soak for more than 15 minutes. Be careful with colored mouthwash and mouthwash containing alcohol. These will alter the color and weaken your retainers.
We will continue to see you for 18 months to make sure your retainers continue to fit well. For all retainer visits it is very important that you bring the retainers into the office for adjustments. Once retention visits are no longer necessary, we still recommend you wear your retainers. You may only need to wear them a fraction of the time you once did, but never stop wearing them altogether.
Remember, teeth will always shift. The only way to prevent shifting is to wear your retainers indefinitely!
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