November 9th, 2018
AS MUCH AS WE LOVE YOU, once you’ve completed your orthodontic treatment, we don’t want you coming back for re-treatment! So remember to faithfully wear your retainer!
Don’t Neglect The Final Stage
Some people neglect this last stage of their orthodontic treatment. It’s probably because they think that once their braces are off, they’re FINISHED with orthodontics.
Sorry to break it to you, but you’re not done just yet. In fact, maintaining that drop-dead gorgeous smile may be a lifelong pursuit. Once you get your braces off, you need to remember that your retainer is the final phase of orthodontic treatment, and it’s just as important as every other phase.
Here’s what you need to know about proper retainer care:
#1: Clean Your Retainer Regularly
- Just as you brush your teeth to prevent decay and bad odors, you’ll need to brush your retainer. Use a toothbrush and toothpaste. Some people like to use a tiny bit of mouthwash, or dish detergent. That’s fine, just remember to rinse well.
- Remember to clean regularly — every day or so. This will prevent buildup.
- And a special note: DON’T put your retainers in the dishwasher or the microwave. That’s just asking for damage and warping.
#2: Good Habits Will Keep You From Losing Your Retainer
- Always carry your retainer case with you so that you can properly store it while eating.
- Never wrap up the retainer in a napkin or tissue. That makes it look like trash, and it’s easy to accidentally throw away.
- IF YOU DO lose your retainer, contact us right away. We can make you a new one before your teeth start misbehavin’.
#3: Wear Your Retainer Per Our Instructions
In most cases, after your braces are removed, you should wear your retainer ALL the time (unless we tell you differently). After that, continue to wear your retainer EVERY night.
We’re so excited when our awesome patients reach this final phase of treatment. Take good care of your retainer, and enjoy your beautiful new smile for life! If you have lost or broken your retainer, please call us at Gorczyca Orthodontics in Antioch, California for a complimentary orthodontic consultation (925) 757-9000.
We want you to have straight teeth for life! Your smile is our inspiration.
The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.
July 27th, 2018
ONCE YOUR BRACES are off, a tooth positioner is an excellent finishing device which you may want to add to your orthodontic treatment.
What Is A Tooth Positioner?
A tooth positioner can be used as a removable retainer under special circumstances. It has the advantages of being able to relate the upper teeth to the lower teeth in the ideal bite position, something that two separate retainers cannot do. A positioner also has the ability to close small spaces between the back teeth left by orthodontic bands. These spaces usually close up over a few months after braces are removed, but a tooth positioner can speed up this process.
How Do Tooth Positioners Work?
Tooth positioners are usually worn 4 hours per day when awake and during sleep. Actively biting into your tooth positioner when you wear it will help the tooth positioner work at moving your teeth. The force of your jaw will help move your teeth to their final position.
A tooth positioner may be used to improve your bite, but they do not make good long term retainers. Positioners do not retain front teeth straightness long term as well as standard removable Hawley retainers. Tooth positioners are also bulking and take away your ability to speak. They are flexible and soft, similar to a mouth guard. If worn over a long period of time, the positioner will tend to tear and wear out. So once your positioner work is done, it’s good to receive and wear your final retainers.
Who Should Use A Tooth Positioner?
Overbite tends to increase with the wear of a tooth positioner. Tooth positioner use is desirable with mild open bites. A tooth positioner may be beneficial at the end of Invisalign treatment where upper and lower teeth have been slightly separated by aligner wear and a slight open bite may exist at the end of treatment.
Tooth positioners are usually not included in standard orthodontic treatment but may be beneficial to further perfect your bite after the braces come off. Like mouthguards, tooth positioners come in a variety of colors. There are even flavored tooth positioners.
A short amount of time in a tooth positioner can make a big difference in your bite. Ask your orthodontist if a tooth positioner may be right for you. If your orthodontist recommends a tooth positioner, go for it. It will be well worth the short time and extra effort for a beautiful and more perfect bite.
Bring Us Your Tooth Positioner Questions!
If you have questions about tooth positioners, visit us at Gorczyca Orthodontics in Antioch, California. Call us at 925-757-9000 or visit us at www.clubbraces.com.
Your smile is our inspiration.
July 25th, 2018
NOW THAT YOUR BRACES are off, you’re ready to celebrate! Once again you get to eat those foods that you’ve missed so much! It’s easier to brush! And most of all, you get to show off your gorgeous smile to everyone who congratulates you for completing treatment!
There are a few things that you need to remember about caring for your teeth after braces. For the most part, post-braces care is the same as pre-braces and during-braces care. That’s why we talk about so many general dental care and oral health topics here on our blog in addition to information about orthodontic treatment. HOWEVER, here are a few things specific to those of you who just had your braces removed.
Some Instructions, Including “Wear Your Retainer!”
- Schedule an appointment with your dentist. Now that your teeth are aligned and clear of hardware, your dentist can do a more thorough examination and cleaning. If you had crowded teeth before, this may be the most thorough check-up and cleaning you’ve ever had!
- Take special care of your gums. Sometimes during orthodontic treatment gums are neglected because flossing takes so much longer. Put in some extra effort to get your periodontal health on track by flossing faithfully every day. You may want to gently massage your gums with your toothbrush if they feel a little tender.
- Give your teeth some time. Your mouth may feel strange for a few days. Some people report that their teeth even feel a little loose. Just take it easy for a few days.
- Take care of your retainer! Your retainer is your new best friend. We often see patients who need a second round of treatment because they neglected their retainer the first time. You’ve already put in all that effort, so make sure that you keep the dazzling effects for your lifetime!
To really celebrate, take some fun “after” pictures showing off your new smile. Post them on Facebook! You may even want to think about some teeth whitening to make the most of your beautiful, straight smile.
From everyone here at our practice, congratulations on finishing treatment! We’re so grateful that you chose us to see you through this process, and we’re so excited about your amazing new smile.
Gorczyca Orthodontics in Antioch, California
Your smile is our inspiration.
July 14th, 2015
YOUR NEW SMILE IS LIKE A WORK OF ART. Whether you have just completed Invisalign, Invisalignteen, or braces, Vivera retainers can preserve the art work of your smile for a lifetime.
Vivera Retainers Are Strong And Comfortable
Vivera retainers are made with 3-D technology like Invisalign. This precise fit grips your teeth firmly holding them in place. Vivera retainers’ thermoplastic material is clear and smooth while being comfortable to wear. Vivera retainers are also strong—a critical quality for longivity of material and keeping your teeth straight.
Once your 3-D molds are digitally processed by your orthodontist, you will have the ability to have replacement retainers made without further office visits or additional impressions.
Keep Your Beautiful Smile For A Lifetime!
Gorczyca Orthodontics provides Vivera retainers after completion of Invisalign, Invisalignteen or traditional braces. Your new Vivera retainers will be shipped directly to Gorczyca Orthodontics for easy pickup. Call us at 925-757-9000 if you would like to join our Vivera retainer retention program.
Retain your smile masterpiece. With Vivera retainers, your teeth will be as straight and beautiful as the day you completed your orthodontic work of art.
April 14th, 2015
SPACE... THE FINAL ORTHODONTIC RETENTION FRONTIER
These are the bonded lingual retainers of the office, Gorczyca Orthodontics.
Its mission, to retain straight dentitions for life,
to seek out retention excellence for all patients,
to boldly retain, longer and better than ever before!
Recent studies have shown that bonded lingual wires maintain straight teeth at 20 years with imperceivable change (0.06mm).
These cases were treated by Board Certified Orthodontist, Dr. Ann Marie Gorczyca. Find us at www.clubbraces.com.
Keep your dental space closed for a lifetime with bonded lingual wire retainers.