As your trusted choice for orthodontics in and around Silverdale, Belfair, and Gig Harbor, WA, we at Lingenbrink Orthodontics make it our goal to give each and every one of our patients a straight and healthy smile. In order to accomplish this goal, we offer a wide array of efficient orthodontic treatments, including braces and Invisalign. After you’ve undergone treatment with either braces or Invisalign, you’ll find that you now have the straight and healthy teeth that you’ve always dreamed of. However, you may be wondering what you should do next when it comes to your dental health. The answer is simply to protect your newly straightened teeth. We can help you with that by recommending that you follow these guidelines.
Wear Your Retainer as Prescribed
While the point of the orthodontic treatment (whether it’s braces or Invisalign) is to shift your teeth into a straighter alignment, the purpose of a retainer is to preserve your new smile. A retainer will keep your teeth from shifting into misalignment and negating all the hard work that you put in to get your healthy smile in the first place. Your orthodontist will prescribe the amount of time that you should wear your retainer; it’s important to follow this schedule if you want your teeth to stay as straight as they currently are.
Wear a Mouthguard While Playing Contact Sports
Another common reason for the disruption of straight teeth is through facial trauma. Playing contact sports carries a risk that you may get hit in the mouth and damage your teeth. If you’re playing football, hockey, basketball, or any other sport where there’s physical contact involved, we highly recommend wearing a mouthguard to protect your straight smile.
Get Your Wisdom Teeth Removed If Necessary
One of the main things that can cause teeth to shift and fall into misalignment is the wisdom teeth. Many patients don’t have the appropriate amount of space in their mouth to accommodate these teeth and they will generally come in at bad angles. Over time, these wisdom teeth will push against nearby teeth and cause them to become crooked. You’ll want to ask your dentist whether or not this will be a problem for you and if you’ll need to have your wisdom teeth removed.
Visit Your Dentist Twice a Year
Visiting your dentist twice a year isn’t only useful for checking for cavities and the dental cleanings you’ll receive. A dentist will also make sure that there are no underlying problems with your teeth (such as with your wisdom teeth). Keeping up with your visits to the dentist will go a long way in keeping your straight and healthy smile.
Contact Your Silverdale, Belfair, and Gig Harbor Orthodontist Today!
If you happen to have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. If you’re interested in any of our orthodontic treatments, such as braces or Invisalign, we encourage you to fill out our online appointment request form or give us a call at one of our three convenient locations. Our Silverdale office phone number is (360) 692-4811, our Belfair office phone number is (360) 895-9099, and our Gig Harbor office phone number is (253) 851-8890. We hope to hear from you and help you attain a straight and healthy smile!