Importance of Wearing A Retainer After Orthodontic Treatment
Posted on 7/24/2023 by Bryan Neu
After teeth reshaping or alignment, retainers help to certify that the bite remains in place. Some people perceive retainers as troublesomeness. That could not be farther from the truth. They are an essential compromise to having to wear braces all over again.
Stabilizing Your Teeth And Smile
Though often disregarded, retainers ensure that your teeth do not go back to their former position before braces and orthodontic adjustment. After treatment, it takes time for the teeth to grip permanently. Retainers support this steadiness and thus ensuring that your smile stays intact and unadulterated. The length of time in a day you wear the retainer depends on whether the retainer is fixed or removable. To ensure a long life span of the retainer, it is important to keep it clean always. A floss threader comes in handy at this point to floss your retainer and the spaces in between the teeth. For a removable retainer, all you need to do is clean it with warm water while still wet with saliva. Cleaning while wet with saliva safeguards against food hardening on the retainer.
Remodeling In The Bone
The bones as well as the soft tissues that surround the teeth also need to acclimate to the adjustment. As such without the use of retainers, the tissues will only yank back the teeth to their former position. Talk of the adverse undoing of the treatment. Our dentists recommend wearing retainers full-time for the first three to six months after the treatment. When the teeth begin stabilizing, it is okay to wear the retainer only at night.
Fixed Or Removable Retainers
Fixed retainers are attached to the front teeth both at the top and at the bottom. The bonding is usually at the back of the front teeth. Removable retainers on the other hand are clear trays and are worn especially at night. Removable retainers fit over all the teeth and are less conspicuous. Wearing a retainer is the best defense against relapse. Are you interested in orthodontic treatment? We are the right fit for you. Get in touch with us today.