How Long Do I Need to Wear My Retainer?

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Marietta GA OrthodontistsWell, you’ve finally finished your orthodontic treatment. Congratulations on sticking it out! You’ve got an incredible new smile that you can show off with confidence.

The next step is to maintain that smile and preserve all the time and effort you put into it. This includes keeping up a steady routine of excellent oral hygiene. It probably also means wearing some type of a retainer – but long do you have to have a it for?

Why Wear A Retainer

Especially for the first month after orthodontic treatment your teeth are prone to relapsing. This is because the bone around your teeth still has to stabilize as it adjusts to the shape of your new bite. All of that time and hard work can be lost if your teeth aren’t kept in proper alignment! Even years after you have braces your teeth will still be inclined to shift out of position.

Every Situation is Unique

Your orthodontist will work with you to decide which kind of retainer is best for your bite. No two patients’ needs are alike! You may only be advised to wear a removable retainer at night. Some only need to wear a retainer for about the same amount of time that they wore braces. Others need to wear their retainer for life or risk losing their even smile.

Your safest bet is to wear your retainer for as long as you want to keep your straightened smile!

Protect the investment of time and expense you put into having a straight, healthy, beautiful smile. A retainer could be your key to doing so! Visit East Cobb Orthodontics to get the personalized recommendations you need for keeping your smile stellar for life.

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East Cobb OrthodonticsMarietta Orthodontist
2810 Lassiter Road
Marietta, GA 30062
Phone: (770) 993-7118

Orthodontic Treatment to Help Combat Gum Disease

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Marietta GA OrthodontistsDid you know that having crooked teeth could be detrimental to the health of your teeth and gums? Correcting the alignment of your bite is considered part of a comprehensive treatment for managing periodontal (gum) disease.

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is a condition where infected gum tissues detach from your teeth. This in turn causes the bone structures around your teeth to erode. As a result, the teeth become mobile and deep pockets develop under your gum tissues. It doesn’t just impact your smile – gum disease is also linked to problems like cardiovascular disease, premature labor, diabetes, and much more.

How Can Straightening Your Teeth Improve Your Oral Health?

Teeth that are brought into proper alignment are much easier to keep clean. Flossing and brushing is more effective, as each tooth surface can be accessed. Otherwise, crowded teeth tend to accumulate a significant amount of plaque and tartar buildup – which makes them the first to experience gingivitis, gum disease, and cavities in most cases.

Symptoms of Gum Disease

How do you know if you need to talk to your dentist or an orthodontist about braces to combat gum disease? Symptoms of the infection may include:

  • Gums that bleed
  • Bad breath
  • Swelling along the gumlines
  • Food packing between the teeth

A periodontal screening is a quick and easy way to determine which teeth are experiencing signs of tissue detachment and bone loss. If pockets are deeper than 3mm, then it may be time to consider correcting your bite with orthodontics.

East Cobb Orthodontics can help you enjoy a healthier smile! Schedule an orthodontic evaluation with us today to find out what options are available.

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East Cobb OrthodonticsMarietta Orthodontist
2810 Lassiter Road
Marietta, GA 30062
Phone: (770) 993-7118