I realize many children have braces on for years and years. In the grand scheme of things, Spencer’s only had braces for 6 months to correct his flair. However, that short amount of time did feel like a lot longer and I think all parents and kids will attest to this. While braces definitely help with many oral issues as I explain in my previous blog post Thinking About Braces they can be a pain. The worst part for me as the mother was worrying about Spencer breaking a bracket. At 10 years old he wasn’t quite ready for the responsibility of braces without some parental supervision. For him, the worst part was not being able to eat his favorite junk food and chewing gum. But now his braces have finally come off and his teeth look absolutely perfect. I’m thrilled and so is he and we want to send out a huge thank you to Baptiste Orthodontics. In case you are wondering, I’m here to tell you what happens after you have your braces removed!
Schedule A Dental Cleaning
Dr. Baptiste and Dr. Nelson made sure we understood the importance of receiving a good dental cleaning at our general dentist soon after the braces were removed. We made our appointment within the first week and are glad to say he had no discomfort with the removal or the cleaning. Let me tell you the dental cleaning made a ton of difference in getting some of the sticky stuff off his teeth and also adding some whitening power. Spencer’s teeth are already a bit yellow and the braces didn’t help. While we made our appointment right away some dentists may want to wait a full week after the removal procedure in case your child is experiencing sensitivity.
Wear Your Retainer
If you think you’re done with stuff in your mouth you are sadly mistaken. The next step is a retainer that is worn pretty much all day and all night. The retainer will help your teeth stay in position. The last thing you want is to have your braces off and then have a setback and need braces put on again. I’m having a hard time keeping Spencer’s retainer in his mouth. Every time I look (yes even this very moment) at him he’s popping it in and out with his tongue. If anyone has a tip for keeping it in please let me know. He wears it all night and I think it stays in during this time.
I’ll share one tip with you. Ask your orthodontist at the time of creating their retainer if they offer any type of discount to order a second one on the spot. Kids have a tendency to toss these lightweight pieces of plastic into the garbage during meal times. They can also get eaten by pets or misplaced very easily. Ordering a new one later is sometimes more expensive. This can vary between orthodontists so talk to yours.
Check out his adorable picture and if you are considering getting braces call Baptiste Orthodontics in Apopka. They’ll take great care of you just like they did Spencer. We miss them already. (But still, hope we see them no time soon).
*Thanks again to Baptiste Orthodontics for sponsoring Spencer