When the day finally comes for you to get your braces removed at Akavan Orthodontics in Tarzana, CA the next step is a retainer! Retainers are used to hold the teeth in their new positions, and are either removable or permanent.
Removable retainers are fairly easy to use and care for, and they make brushing and flossing easier and more comfortable. The retainer is placed in at night, worn while you sleep and taken out in the morning. Retainer schedules may vary from individual to individual, but there are generally times during the day where Dr. Akavan may or may not mandate wearing it. Dr. Akavan stresses that this can lead to forgetfulness however, and if you don’t remember to wear the retainer you won’t be benefiting from it completely.
More effective than removable retainer, permanent retainers are a great option for patients who don’t want the extra responsibility of retainer schedules. The only thing you should be mindful of with a permanent retainer is that it may be more difficult to floss, but Dr. Akavan can help show you how to quickly and effectively do so.
In some cases your Dr. Akavan may recommend a combination of removable and permanent retainers, with a permanent retainer on the bottom and removable one on top. Whatever the case may be, be sure to follow Dr. Akavan’s advice when using and caring for a retainer.
What to expect?
1. It will take about an hour for Dr. Akavan to remove your braces. She will use pliers to remove all the brackets, thoroughly scrape and clean all the glue off your teeth, and take a mold for your new retainer. You will feel a little pressure when the braces are being removed, but no pain.
2. The newly exposed enamel and your gums will be sensitive at first so Dr. Akavan encourages you to stick to your braces-friendly diet for a little while longer.
3. It will take some time to get used to your retainer, and it will be difficult to speak normally at first. Dr. Akavan recommends practicing speaking, reading aloud or singing as much as you can.