Last updated 1 month ago
Your orthodontist is on your side when it comes to achieving the smile you want. Check out the helpful links below to learn more about how to keep your smile straight and healthy for life.
Learn more about how braces work on Archwired.com.
Find out about the different kinds of braces options available on ModernMom.com.
Learn how to care for your teeth while wearing braces or retainers on WebMD.com.
Get all the information you and your child need about retainers on KidsHealth.org.
Find out how to fight gum disease to keep your teeth on Colgate.com.
Image Orthodontics is your San Francisco area source for a healthy, beautiful smile. To find out more about the many dental services we offer, check us out on the web or call (415) 752-0654 today.
Last updated 1 month ago
Once your braces come off, the orthodontist’s work is not done. Although your new smile is straight, there’s still a little bit of extra work you need to do to make sure it stays that way.
What Is Orthodontic Retention?
Braces help to move your teeth into alignment through the tissue of your gums, which can sometimes act to rebound teeth back into their original (crooked) position after the external pressure is gone. Orthodontic retention refers to a retainer or other device designed by your orthodontist to keep your teeth in place without using braces for the year (or sometimes longer) following removal of your braces.
Why Is Orthodontic Retention Important?
The first year after your braces come off is an important time for your teeth. Without the aid of a retainer or other device, your teeth are much more likely to return to their original positions and undo the hard work undertaken by you and your orthodontist to straighten them. This results in more time in the orthodontist’s chair, and will ultimately increase the cost of the procedure. Orthodontic retention helps ensure that you save time and money and achieve the beautiful smile you want without the need for additional work.
How Is Orthodontic Retention Achieved?
Your orthodontist will give you a custom-fit metal retainer that can be worn and removed throughout the day to help your teeth retain their new positions. Regular visits to the orthodontist will keep track of any tooth movement so corrective action can be taken immediately. Oral health can also play a role in keeping your smile straight, so be sure to adhere to a prescribed routine of brushing, flossing, and other tooth care. Gum disease can weaken your gums and cause teeth to shift, so keeping your mouth healthy will help make sure that your teeth stay put.
Check out the alignment options available to you from Image Orthodontics of San Francisco. Visit us on the web or call (415) 752-0654 to learn more.
Last updated 2 months ago
Getting braces is an exciting rite of passage for many children. Braces can be a positive experience for both parent and child resulting in a beautiful smile for life.
In this video, you will hear about the process of getting braces firsthand from parents, children, and orthodontists. You will see how the need for braces is evaluated and the many options available today. To find out more about braces, including when to schedule an appointment with an orthodontist for evaluation, be sure to watch this video.
Image Orthodontics of San Francisco specializes in shaping healthy, beautiful smiles. Find out more about us on the web or call us today at (415) 752-0654 to schedule an appointment.