Why Wear Retainers?
You may need a retainer for a variety of reasons. The most common is to help your teeth stay in the right place after removing orthodontic appliances. It is important to use the retainer because as your body grows, your teeth continue to move. The retainer helps control this natural displacement of the teeth.
After Braces, Always Retainers
Any patient who has ever worn braces to correct their teeth requires the use of a retainer, especially during the first year to avoid the risk of potential recurrence. The teeth can remain in an inherently unstable position after treatment, whereby soft tissue pressures produce a constant tendency to recur. The gingival and periodontal tissues are affected by orthodontic mobilization of the teeth and need time to reorganize once the appliances are removed.
Types of Retainers
We can subdivide them into removable and fixed ones. Among the removable ones, we find different types, which are chosen according to the needs of each person. Normally, they can be removed to eat.
The fixed type dental retainer is based, in most cases, on a skinny wire that is attached to the internal face of the denture through a material known as a composite. Its presence is hardly noticeable and does not affect phonetics.
How to Keep Retainers Safe
- Be careful when removing the retainers
- Clean the retainers carefully with water and baking soda.
- Keep the retainers in their box
- Be cautious with incisors when biting
- Do not bite your nails
- Once you finish your orthodontic treatment, it is essential that you go to the regular dental checkups prescribed by your dentist.
Do not damage the orthodontic work by not using the retainers. Our dentist in Santa Clarita, Dr. Sarkis, offers different alternatives of retainers. Contact us today and have the smile that you deserve.