Following Up on Your Patients’ Newly Straightened Teeth

Dentist with PatientIn the United States, more consumers have become aware of the numerous benefits that orthodontic treatments bring. They now know that dental braces provide a way to have a more beautiful smile, as well as healthier and stronger teeth and gums. As such, the number of people undergoing this treatment continues to grow.

As an orthodontist, you want your patients to have their beautiful and improved smiles for as long as possible. But the truth is, many of them will still face tooth mobility after the successful dental braces treatment. As such, notes that you need to offer your patients an effective way to maintain straighter and healthier teeth.

The Need For a Retention Phase

There are several reasons behind the need for a retention process following the completion of the dental braces treatment. For instance, some patients have an anticipated noncompliance, while others have ectopic canines. Some other patients are at risk of anterior spacing due to their own habits or specific mouth characteristics (i.e., a thick gingiva). Regardless of the reason for tooth movement after dental braces, you should relay the information to them in a way that they’ll understand the importance of the retention phase.

The Follow Up: Dental Retainers

Bonded lingual retainers provide a way to maintain the position of the anterior tooth. A primary reason many orthodontists choose this method is its relative independence on patient cooperation.

The biggest advantage to this specific type of dental retainer is its ability to enable posterior settling in patients you anticipate to go through the aforementioned noncompliance situations. Because these retainers don’t go in front of the teeth but rather at the back, your patients most likely will prefer them over the traditional retention appliances.

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