Once a patient’s orthodontic procedures have been completed there are a number of concerns that must be addressed:
- Dental hygiene treatment and evaluation
When bands and arch wires have been removed there may be small residual amounts of bonding cement left behind that must be removed to maintain normal healthy gingival tissues. It is also possible that small areas of demineralization may have occurred that will need to be restored. Thus recall evaluation should be done at the dental office.
- Wearing of retainers
With the significant investment of time, effort and expense in completing your orthodontic treatment, we want the final results to be long lasting. Retainers must be worn for the prescribed time by your Orthodontist Please invest in this very important phase of your treatment and you will have great satisfaction in the future.
- Post oral hygiene
With the completion of your treatment you are no doubt a master at oral hygiene – brushing and flossing. We highly recommend that you maintain this habit with regular brushing, preferably with an ultrasonic brush and flossing. Please continue to keep up your regular recall hygiene maintenance schedule.
- Post orthodontic restorative treatment
Sometimes orthodontic treatment is a preliminary phase to final restoration of the dentition. This may include veneers, crowns or bridges, and implants. Please continue to visit your dentist on a regular basis so that this phase may be completed.