It is normal protocol to be fitted with retainers after your braces have been removed. The primary function of retainers is to ensure that the teeth do not move back to their original position. After the braces have been removed the teeth will still be relatively fresh in their new position, so they will still require more time to become fixed in place while the gums heal.
In the case of children, a retainer is vitally important due to the fact that children grow quite rapidly. If they have had their braces removed the gums and teeth will continue to change, so a retainer will keep the teeth in their desired position.
Most retainers are removable and can be taken out with relative ease. This can be very beneficial to the wearer, particularly if they have been used to wearing braces. The removable function of retainers means that you can take them out during meals, photographs, business presentations etc.
It is usually advised that retainers are kept in for a minimum amount of time (which will be advised by your dentist). The approximate time that most retainers should stay in is twenty to twenty two hours. The length of time for wearing a retainer varies but it can be for one year.
The retainer should be a comfortable fit. If the retainer has been issued after braces treatment then the teeth should already be in position so there is no need to continue the movement of teeth, therefore the fit should not cause any discomfort.
Retainers possess a lot of importance in orthodontic procedures. It can be devastating and quite traumatic if a person suffers a relapse. The sheer thought of having to go through all the treatment again is enough to help people realise the vital necessity of retainers.