How To Keep Your Teeth Straight After Braces

You are reading this means you have straightened your teeth. So how does it feel? I am sure its great – isn’t it? So, now you are concerned about your straight teeth and want to maintain it.

Well, there are few easy tips that can help to retain the straight teeth.

Though I think your dentist have spoken to you of the use of the retainer, I will clarify your doubts (if any) on retainers. In your present state – when you have removed the braces, it is the time for you to adopt a new routine. Mainly two types of retainers are commonly used – either the upper retainer or lower retainer or both. You can either choose Fixed Retainer or Removable Retainer. The fixed retainers are attached behind the front teeth and provide peace of mind. However, if you are conscious of your teeth, removable retainer are best for you.These are thin and quite comfortable to use. You will be advised to wear these mostly at night.



After wearing it for a couple of days, you have to use it only at night to secure it in the right position. As you will be wearing it for 24/7 initially, be very careful to clean your retainer and maintain it the hygiene. You can also ask for occlusal guards for a similar effect. It will protect your teeth from grinding foods.

Do you know the actual reason behind the tooth shift? Tooth loss is the major reason behind the tooth shift. When you are treated with tooth extraction, a gap is created. The surrounded teeth drift into the gap and cause crooked teeth. Tooth Shift also cause TMJ disorder.

So, if you want to keep your teeth in the right position, you must follow a healthy dental care routine

However, there are some habits, which if avoided can retain your straight teeth for long

Sleeping on Stomach:

Sleeping on your stomach is not actually a bad habit, but can cause crowding or teeth overlapping. You may argue of its mild strength, but remember it is REGULAR! Actually sleeping in this position cause regular inward pressure on your teeth which can go worse if you put your arm under your head. It create a constant pressure that leads to the teeth misalignment.

Even if this is your favorite sleeping position and you can’t sleep without this, I would advise you to practice sleeping on your back or side. Try this, I am sure you will get this within few months.

Leaning Face On Hand:

Some people are habituated of leaning face on their hand all day long. This sitting posture is common among people working on desks or studying. When you place your face (and head) in your hand, you create a one-sided pressure in one jaw of yours. This will also push the teeth inward causing crooked teeth. You can avoid this, by sitting flat on your bottom rather than leaning back and resting on your face on your hands.

Sucking the Thumb:

Sucking the thumb is a real bad habit. It gives an inward pressure as well as outward pressure causing crooked teeth. This is seen mostly in children who must be stopped to check future crooked teeth. However, many are of the opinion that some habits like chewing pens, blowing gums can also create outward pressure causing misaligned or crooked teeth.

Gap Due To Teeth Fall:

A gap due to teeth fall out may also cause crooked teeth. So, if you had a dental implant, tooth problem, an injury that caused tooth extraction, you must close the gap using dental implants, dental bridges, or partial dentures. This can save your teeth from getting shift and become crooked.

A wisdom teeth removal can also lead to crooked teeth. Though some consider keeping the wisdom tooth, but this is not same for all mouth. So, on having a wisdom tooth, you need to consult your dentist and seek advice suitable for you.

So, now that you know much about Straight teeth, there are chances that you attempt to straight teeth on your own if you haven’t had the procedure. But, DIY treatments are not at all safe for anyone, and can cause tooth misalignment, permanent damage, and even tooth loss. So, don’t try any teeth straightening treatment. If you are looking for Straight teeth in Lincolnshire, there are lots of inexpensive and effective options for you.

Just follow these tips to get a beautiful and straight smile. We are always available to provide you with the best possible support 24/7.