You’ve counted down the weeks, days and hours until you get your braces off. You simply can’t wait to look in the mirror at your new straight and glamorous smile. Except, when your braces are finally removed, you are less than impressed with the stains, puffy gums and rough texture of your smile that is left behind. Don’t worry; a visit to your dentist for post-ortho refinement can help.
What Is Post-Ortho Refinement?
It is not uncommon for orthodontic patients to need some “refinement” after they have completed treatment, particularly if they are a teenager or wore braces for multiple years. Post-ortho refinement can include a combination of services such as the following:
- Subtle refinement of the bite
- Tooth length alteration
- Tooth contouring
- White spot removal
- Improve smooth texture or reflectiveness of the teeth
- Gum treatments, including gum contouring or gingivitis therapy
Don’t worry, the majority of these procedures can be done quickly, without the need for anesthesia. In fact, white spot removal is extremely common, as many teens in braces have a difficult time keeping their teeth clean during treatment. White spot removal can safely and painlessly remove the stains that braces left behind.
Just like every patient has unique orthodontic needs, each individual may need different post-ortho refinement services. If you have recently gotten your braces off and are not totally pleased with the look of your smile, consider a trip to your dentist. It is always important to follow-up your orthodontic treatment with a professional cleaning and checkup to ensure your straight smile is also a healthy smile. Call Gilreath Family Dentistry today to learn about our excellence in post-ortho refinement and white spot removal after braces.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV,