Orthodontic Retainers

If you’re among the many people who have chosen orthodontic treatment to improve your smile, then you’re probably wondering what happens next. One of the most crucial things you’ll need to do following your treatment is to wear a retainer. In this article you will find all you need to know about retainers and how to keep them in good condition. Dental retainers may seem like a minor part of your dental care routine, but they are essential to keeping your smile healthy and attractive. This article will discuss dental retainers, why you might need one, and how to care for them. We hope this information assists you in making the best decision for oral health!

What Are Teeth Retainers?

Orthodontic retainers are devices used to maintain the position of teeth following orthodontic treatment. Your Orthodontist can customise various types of retainers to meet each patient’s individual needs. The most popular type of retainer is a removable retainer, which consists of a metal wire bonded to the back of the teeth. Bonded retainers are permanently attached to the teeth and can only be removed by an Orthodontist. Other types of retainers include clear removable retainers, which can be taken out for cleaning or during activities such as playing sports. No matter which type of retainer is chosen, it is essential to wear the retainer as directed by the Orthodontist to maintain treatment results.

Whether your retainer is removable, and how long you need to wear it will depend on your unique situation. Some people will need to wear their retainer all the time, removing it only on occasion for eating or playing sports, while some will only need to wear their retainer at night. Our expert orthodontics will recommend a plan best suited to your needs.

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A bonded retainer is a custom-made wire bonded to the back of your teeth. The wire is usually made of metal or clear plastic. It helps keep your teeth aligned after braces or other orthodontic treatment. The retainer is cemented and can only be removed by a dentist. Fixed retainers are usually placed on the lower teeth but can also be used on the upper teeth. The most common type of fixed retainer is the bonded lingual retainer, which is attached to the inside of your lower front teeth. A palatal retainer is bonded to the back if the top teeth.

Removable retainers are often used after orthodontic treatment to help keep teeth in their new, correct position. While wearing a retainer is generally a straightforward process, a few things to keep in mind to ensure your treatment is as effective as possible. First, be sure to clean your retainer regularly. Like your teeth, retainers can accumulate plaque and bacteria if not cleaned regularly. Be sure to brush your retainer with a toothbrush and toothpaste at least once daily. In addition, it is crucial to keep your retainer moist. If it becomes dry, it can become brittle and break. Soak your retainer in water or a retainer cleaning solution when you are not wearing it; ensure this water is not too hot; otherwise, your retainer may become distorted and not fit correctly. Lastly, follow your Orthodontist’s instructions regarding how long to wear your retainer and how often to remove it for cleaning. By following these simple steps, you can ensure that your removable retainer will be a successful part of your orthodontic treatment.

Benefits of Retainer after Braces

After removing your braces, you will most likely need to wear retainers to keep your teeth from migrating back into their original positions. Wearing a retainer is an integral part of orthodontic treatment, and it usually takes several months for your teeth to adjust to not having braces. Your Orthodontist will probably recommend that you wear your retainer all the time for the first few weeks and then gradually reduce the time you wear it. For most people, wearing a retainer at night is sufficient to maintain their new smile. However, some people may also need to wear them every day. Following your Orthodontist’s instructions on how long to wear your retainer is essential, as each person’s situation is different. With proper care and maintenance, your retainers should last for many years. If you do not wear your retainers for an extended period, your teeth may begin to go back to their original position, and you may risk your retainers no longer fitting. If your retainers can no longer be placed over your teeth, contact your Orthodontist for advice. 

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What does getting retainers involve?

Once your Orthodontic treatment has been completed, your Orthodontist will take a final digital scan or a dental impression, which will be used to create a plastic retainer that mimics your newly aligned arch. This is then used to keep your teeth in place once the braces are removed.

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How long will you need to wear a retainer and how do I look after it?

Dental retainers are usually not used to make any changes to your teeth, instead they are worn simply as a maintenance device after your braces have been removed. They help keep your teeth in their proper place and stop any unwanted movements caused by things like growth in your jaw bone.

After removing your braces, you will most likely need to wear retainers to keep your teeth from migrating back into their original positions. Wearing a retainer is an integral part of orthodontic treatment, and it usually takes several months for your teeth to adjust to not having braces. Your Orthodontist will probably recommend that you wear your retainer all the time for the first few weeks and then gradually reduce the time you wear it. For most people, wearing a retainer at night is sufficient to maintain their new smile. However, some people may also need to wear them every day. Following your Orthodontist’s instructions on how long to wear your retainer is essential, as each person’s situation is different. With proper care and maintenance, your retainers should last for many years. If you do not wear your retainers for an extended period, your teeth may begin to go back to their original position, and you may risk your retainers no longer fitting. If your retainers can no longer be placed over your teeth, contact your Orthodontist for advice. 

 

Dental retainers are a vital part of maintaining good oral health. They help keep teeth in their proper alignment when worn as directed. However, retainers can also be a breeding ground for bacteria if they are not adequately cleaned. Here are some easy tips for keeping your retainer clean and free of germs:

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