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How Long Do I Need To Wear Retainers?

June 18th, 2019

Once you get your braces off, you want to make sure your smile remains straight! This is where retainers come in.

Once your braces come off, you’ll be fitted for a retainer provided by Dr. Mirtorabi to keep those teeth in place. A retainer is a custom-fit device that sits in the mouth and reinforces the new position of your teeth. Wearing it may be annoying at first, but it’s an essential part of the process of keeping your teeth in place over the long term.

For the first few months after your braces are gone, Dr. Mirtorabi will tell you to wear your custom retainers all the time, except when you’re eating, drinking, or brushing. You have the option of having a clear plastic retainer made if you’re concerned about your appearance.

Eventually, we will recommend that you only have to wear the retainer during each night for a full year. After that, you may take a couple nights off from wearing them each week. In order to preserve the position of your teeth for as long as possible, we don’t recommend that you ever fully stop wearing your retainers.

If you’re concerned about forgetting to wear your retainer, and worried that your teeth may shift, a lingual retainer could be a good option for you. This gets placed on the back of your teeth and is not readily visible.

These retainers are permanent, but they could cause issues for you down the road if you don’t maintain good oral hygiene. Plaque and tartar can build up around these lingual bars, which is why we don’t usually recommend this as a primary choice.

Wearing your retainer is extremely vital after your braces come off. Without your retainer to keep them in place, the teeth you’ve taken so long to fix may begin to shift again. Getting braces is quite an investment, which is why you should keep wearing your retainer long after the braces have come off.

If you have questions or concerns regarding your retainers, contact our Huntington Park, CA office and we can address any problems you may have.

Summer at Dr. Lili & Associates

June 14th, 2019

Summer is just around the corner! After this particularly harsh winter, it’s nice to see the sun make its return. Summer means longer days, more sunshine, and more adventures! After a long day, nothing beats spending some time in the sun and relaxing. Getting into a pool on a hot day with some tasty fruits is our favorite way to relax. How do you like to relax during the summer?

June marks the beginning of summer, but did you know it was also National Fruit and Veggies Month? Healthy diets are a key component to having a healthy smile! Our team at Dr. Lili Mirtorabi and Associates recommends at least two servings of fruit a day. One easy tip to get more servings of fruit is to try making a fruit smoothie with a blend of different fruits! Not only will it have multiple servings of fruit, but it will also taste delicious.

Father’s Day is also coming up on June 16th. We’d like to spotlight Frank from our Santa Ana office, who will be celebrating his first Father’s Day with his seven-month-old son. Frank is excited to spend this summer hiking and creating memories together. Growing up, he was always taught responsibility by spending his time and money on things that are important to him, and that’s a value he hopes to pass on to his son as he grows up! For Father’s Day, Frank will spend the day relaxing with his son and his fellow dad friends and their kids. Have fun, Frank!

Speaking of Father’s Day, Dr. Lili & Associates is running a contest! If you’re a patient that is interested in participating, you can log in to your PatientRewards account to see the details.

As a close, Dr. Lili & Associates would like to express how happy we are for summer to be here. We are looking forward to watching the new Spider-Man and Godzilla movies and enjoying some adventures outdoors. It’s shaping up to be a great summer!

What role do elastics (rubber bands) play in orthodontics?

June 11th, 2019

Wearing orthodontic braces may be the best choice for correcting your teeth and improving your smile, and that's why you've come to see Dr. Mirtorabi at Dr. Lili Mirtorabi and Associates. Braces, which consist of brackets and wires, work by gently applying pressure to the teeth, and that pressure causes them to move into the correct position. In some cases elastics, or rubber bands, are used to apply additional pressure needed to move your teeth.

The Purpose of Elastics

Customized for each patient, the rubber bands typically stretch over tiny loops on the top and bottom brackets. If worn consistently, and every day, these tiny elastics will apply the steady pressure needed to guide your teeth into the correct position.

These elastics are crafted from medical-grade latex, which is safe to be in contact with your mouth. It's common to remove the elastics during meals if opening your mouth wide enough to eat is difficult. Our staff will demonstrate how to affix the elastics so it will soon become second nature to replace them.

The Do’s and the Don'ts

DO - Get in the habit of carrying around extra rubber bands and replace them as soon as one breaks. By consistently wearing the elastics, you may shorten the overall time needed to wear braces.

DON'T - Double up on elastics as this will cause too much pressure on the tooth or teeth and can actually harm the root of the tooth.

DO - Always wash your hands before removing or replacing the rubber bands.

DON'T - Overstretch the rubber band or it will lose its strength and it will be ineffective.

DO - Call us if you run out of rubber bands.

DO - Have fun with your braces and elastics. There are many different colors available that can let you show off your soon-to-be perfect smile.

Rubber bands are a key part of your orthodontic treatment, and learning how to remove and replace them is an important part to maintaining your braces. Before we set you on your journey to a perfect smile, we'll make sure you understand all there is to know about how to take care of your braces. Of course, if you have any questions about your orthodontic treatment, or orthodontics in general, be sure to contact our Huntington Park, CA office, and our staff will be happy to assist you!

Tips to Help You Beat the Heat This Summer

June 4th, 2019

The dog days of summer are upon us, and with the temperatures soaring, our team at Dr. Lili Mirtorabi and Associates wants you to be extra careful about sun safety when you’re out and about. Check out this incredibly helpful article on the Ten Summer Safety Tips for Kids, courtesy of Discovery.

Dr. Mirtorabi and our team also encourage you to always have a bottle of water handy when heading out into the sun.

We hope you’re having a great summer! Let us know what you're up to below or on our Facebook page!

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