Braces form a beautiful, straight smile, while retainers maintain better oral hygiene long after the braces are removed.
Retainers are the most commonly used appliances to maintain straight teeth after any orthodontic treatment.
Although, the benefits in wearing retainers correctly go beyond that.
Most often, the most challenging part of wearing new retainers is keeping them clean and in good physical condition.
Getting Used to Retainers
Getting kids into wearing their retainers and keeping them safe is a challenging task but knowing their benefits and how to make sure your child gets used to their retainers will help them go through the whole process stress-free – and with higher marks from your Belmont WA dentist.
Once orthodontic treatment is done, wearing retainers is an essential part of the maintenance of the straightened teeth and will go a long way towards keeping your bite and smile formed by braces.
Usually, retainers are made by the dentist who performed the orthodontic treatment.
This is done by making moulds or impressions of the straightened teeth and making the retainer out of wire and/or acrylic material.
The retainers are then tested during another appointment.
Benefits of Retainers
Wearing retainers to keep the teeth in place is most common during the last phase of any orthodontic treatments.
After the braces are removed, the teeth may shift back to their original position — retainers that are worn overnight help maintain the position of the straightened teeth.
Kinds of Retainers
There are 2 kinds of retainers available: fixed and removable retainers.
Fixed retainers are a thin wire fixed across the back of the upper or lower front teeth.
Because this type of wire reaches several teeth, a floss threader or a similar cleaning device should be used to reach and clean the spaces between the teeth.
Although this type of retainer takes a little more effort to keep clean, it has the best result since the bonded wire holds the newly straightened teeth in perfect formation.
Removable retainers are a combination of a wire that goes across the upper and/or lower front teeth, secured with an acrylic material and hooks in and around the back teeth to keep them in place.
It is easier to keep the teeth clean, but the patient has to remember to wear it every day.
Initially, your Belmont WA dentist will recommend wearing it for 24 hours for at least three months; if there’s no improvement noticed, you may be instructed to wear the retainer at night or for a few hours during daytime.
Your Belmont WA dentist will recommend the best type for you based on your preferences and needs.
You will likely be using your retainer for several months or even years, so it is important that you have the kind that works for you and that you’ll use as instructed.
Orthodontic Retainers in Belmont WA
Epsom Dental Care provides high-quality orthodontic retainers out of durable and non-invasive materials.
We are located at 5/132 Epsom Ave in Belmont WA.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do retainers last?
If properly cared for, retainers should last for at least two years if not longer.