Make the most of your hard work and maintain your smile in tip-top shape!
In the end, all of your metal braces have been removed and your teeth are perfectly straight and gorgeous. However, you still have a long way to go on your orthodontic adventure. Wearing a retainer will ensure that your teeth stay in the greatest shape possible and that your results are long-term. Teeth shifting may be prevented or at least minimized with the use of retainers. A retainer is a post-braces device that helps maintain a straight set of teeth while the surrounding tissues adapt to the new position of teeth.
Types of Retainers
Each retainer is unique and may be removed or permanently attached.
- An acrylic arch connected to a metal wire is what is normally seen in traditional detachable retainers. As required, the metal wires may be changed to complete the therapy and to move the front teeth a little more.
- Essix retainers, or aligner-style retainers, appear like transparent aligners and are a more attractive alternative to wire retainers. You may wear this transparent retainer from canine to canine or across the whole arch of your teeth (clip-on retainer). It’s made from a mold of your teeth after they’ve been straightened.
- With a fixed retainer, you’ll have metal wires that are glued to your teeth. Even though the device isn’t needed for more than a year following wisdom teeth extractions, it’s often left in place indefinitely.
Pros and Cons
- Removable retainers may be taken out for eating and sanitary purposes.
- Keep your removable retainer in the case anytime you remove it to eat or brush since it is easy to lose.
- If you don’t want to keep track of it or worry about how many hours a day it must be worn, a fixed retainer is ideal.
- To eliminate tartar from teeth with permanent retainers, flossing is a bit more involved. For those who use fixed retainers, floss threaders are typically required to get dental floss between the retainer and teeth.
- Until otherwise instructed by your orthodontist, make sure you’re wearing your retainer at all times.
- Make sure your retainer is out of the way while you’re eating! (The majority of misplaced appliances are found in school cafeterias and restaurants.)
- Using a toothbrush and toothpaste, properly clean the retainer once a day. Warm, but not hot, water should be used in this situation. Plaque and smells may be eliminated by brushing retainers. It is possible to use orthodontic appliance cleansers like Efferdent®, however, this should not be considered a substitute for cleaning your teeth after each meal.
- If you’re not wearing your retainer, make sure it’s in its case at all times. Pets love to gnaw on them.
- At first, speaking may be tough for you. Practice speaking, reading, or singing out loud to become acclimated to it quicker.
- Take special care with your retainers since they are fragile. Call us immediately if your retainer is lost or damaged.
- Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns concerning your retainer. Do not attempt to make any adjustments to it by yourself.
- When you go to the orthodontist, always carry your retainer with you.
- Although replacing retainers is costly, they may last for a very long time if cared for properly!
- Remove your retainer if you intend to swim.
- Make sure your retainers aren’t in contact with anything that may become heated, such as hot vehicle dashboards, pockets, or the washing machine.