Following orthodontic treatment to straighten the teeth, the teeth have a tendency to return to their original position which is why wearing retainers is so important. There are different options available including hawley removable retainers, essix transparent removable retainers and bonded fixed retainers which are placed behind the teeth. Call us today to find out more about retainers.
After braces have been removed, teeth have a tendency to return to their original position erasing the results from treatment. To prevent this your orthodontist may advise that you wear a retainer. Wearing a retainer is simple, but it is actually a complex piece of equipment and a significant part of your orthodontic treatment. To maintain the success of your orthodontic treatment, it is vital that you wear your retainer in the way that your orthodontist advises.
It is difficult to say how long you will need to wear your retainer – each patient is an individual case, so your orthodontist’s advice about how long will need a retainer will be tailored to you.
There are a range of different retainers available and your orthodontist will recommend to you the type of retainer that will best keep your teeth in position. Here is an outline of the different types of retainers your orthodontist may recommend:
Your orthodontist will have specially designed your retainer to help you maintain your treatment results.
In order to benefit from a lifelong healthy smiles, there are a few guidelines for wearing and taking care of your retainer that it is essential you follow:
If you don’t follow your orthodontist’s instructions for wearing a retainer, it will not be effective in preventing your teeth from moving back into their original position. Retainers don’t work when they’re in your pocket!
Your orthodontist will show how best to keep your particular braces clean and this must be done very regularly. Also make sure you see your dentist for a thorough cleaning every six months (or more often, if recommended).
If your retainer isn’t in your mouth, it should be in its case. This is because retainers are very easy to lose, and expensive to replace.
If you break or lose your retainer, then contact your orthodontist immediately for a replacement. If your retainer stops fitting properly (which is liable to happen if you don’t wear your retainer in the way your orthodontist advises) or if your fixed retainer becomes loose, call your orthodontist right away for an appointment.