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Why it is Really Important to Wear Retainers

Friday, February 5th, 2021

shutterstock_441838075If you have misaligned teeth, you may be advised to wear braces followed by retainers, but what are retainers, and why are they so important?

What are Retainers?

Retainers are orthodontic appliances, which are usually work after braces. Their role is to hold the teeth in position and prevent relapse. Braces cause the teeth to move and once they’re in the desired position, the last you want is for them to slip out of place. Retainers help to prevent this from happening, and they enable you to enjoy your beautiful, straight smile for years to come.

There are various different types of retainers, including removable and fixed appliances. In many cases, retainers are attached to the back of the teeth, so they can’t be seen when you smile.

If you’re advised to wear retainers, and you don’t follow your dentist’s advice, you run the risk of undoing all the good work achieved by your braces, and you may need further treatment in the future.

Are Retainers Painful?

You may find that it takes a couple of days to get used to your retainers, but they shouldn’t feel painful. At first, they may feel a bit tight, but soon, wearing them will become second nature.

Looking After your Retainers

When you have retainers, you need to look after them, just as you cared for our braces during the first part of your orthodontic treatment. If you have a removable retainer, take it out to clean it, and keep it in a safe place. If you have a fixed retainer, take care to keep your mouth as clean as possible. Your dentist will be able to show you how to clean your retainer.

If you have any questions about retainers, don’t hesitate to ask you dentist. We’re always happy to help.

Inman aligner from Central Leeds dentist straightens teeth fast

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

For patients who need braces, the prospect of wearing uncomfortable and ugly metal braces for up to two years can be a daunting one. Luckily, advances in dental technology in the last twenty years have meant that here are now other options available to them.

Patients can now choose between a series of more discreet and comfortable metal braces and even have the option of invisible plastic retainers that are virtually invisible. One of the latest alternatives to conventional metal braces is the Inman aligner. This new aligner is as effective as a metal brace and far more discreet.

The aligner works by using the power of a coiled spring which is hidden on the tongue side of the teeth. This spring pushes the teeth at the side out, making room for the front teeth to be pushed forward and straightened. This extra room created by the aligner allows teeth to naturally straighten.

Although the aligner is not completely visible (it loses out on the discretion stakes to the clear plastic retainers) it is still far more discreet than an old fashioned metal brace. The only really visible part of the brace is a metal bar running across the front of the teeth. But what the Inman aligner lacks in discretion it makes up for with incredible speed. The Inman aligner shows results after only an astonishing six to sixteen weeks. A whole treatment rarely lasts longer than six months, which is 75 per cent shorter than both fixed metal braces and plastic retainers.

Like all orthodontic appliances, the Inman aligner will cause some discomfort when initially applied but this will fade after no more than a week. After this initial discomfort the aligner will be relatively painless.

Perfect for correcting minor overcrowding, the Inman aligner is the choice of straightener for many patients seeking to add the finishing touches to a smile. It is completely removable and so can be taken out fort important professional and social occasions. Ask a Central Leeds dentist about the Inman aligner and you could finally have your perfect smile.

Discreet and fast-acting braces from Central Leeds dentist

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

More and more people are opting to have their teeth artificially straightened by orthodontic methods. More often than not this involves having some form of orthodontic brace fitted to reposition teeth. Twenty years ago, patients were limited in their options, with uncomfortable and unseemly metal braces being the only realistic option. While these braces were sturdy and effective, they were often too much of a sacrifice for many patients and could be especially troublesome for patients in their emotionally difficult teenage years. Thankfully, dental technology has advanced in huge strides in the last two decades and there are now braces available that offer incredibly fast and discreet treatment.

At the top end of the discretion scale is Invisalign invisible braces. Made of one millimetre thick clear plastic, Invisailgn braces were introduced in 1999 by Align technologies. By using a series of these retainers consecutively, each with minor adjustments, teeth can be straightened without anybody ever even realising you are wearing a brace. Invisalign braces are completely removable, and so do not cause any embarrassing messy eating and can be taken out for important social or professional occasions.

For patients seeking fast acting treatment there is the Inman aligner. Inman aligners sit behind the teeth with only a small metal bar visible across the front of the teeth. By utilising the force of a coiled spring, the aligner simultaneously pushes out the teeth at the side creating room for the front teeth to straighten. Results can be seen after only an incredible six weeks. Inman aligners are also completely removable.

Similarly fast is the Six-Month Smile treatment which promises straight teeth in, you’ve guessed it, six-months. Offering a more comfortable straightening treatment, the Six-Month Smile brace is constructed of thin, tooth-coloured nickel-titanium wires, which again are very discreet.

Even fixed metal braces are smaller and more efficient. Damon braces are fixed like the old ‘train-track’ braces, but by using their revolutionary sliding mechanism do not require any uncomfortable brace tightening. Damon braces also do not require patients to have multiple extractions before treatment starts, as was the case with the old fixed metal braces. With brackets made of ceramic and clear plastic they are also far less visibly intrusive.

These are just some of the options patients now have when considering having a brace fitted. Having a beautiful smile is something everybody wants. Now it can be achieved without having to wear ugly and irritating metal braces for months or even years. Ask a Central Leeds dentist to advise you on which brace would work best for you.