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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.

Why are Retainers So Important after Teeth Straightening?

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

shutterstock_616998494If you’ve spent weeks or months wearing braces to straighten your smile, the last thing you want is for your teeth to start slipping out of position. We strongly advise all our orthodontic patients to wear retainers after they have finished treatment. This helps to prevent relapse and will ensure your beautiful new smile looks perfect for years to come.

About retainers

Retainers are orthodontic appliances, which are worn to keep the teeth in order after braces have been removed. There are various types of retainer, including fixed and removable appliances. Retainers can be made from transparent materials and they can also be fitted to the back of your teeth, so you don’t need to worry about spoiling the aesthetic of your new smile.

Wearing a retainer is incredibly important because it holds the teeth in position. If you don’t have a retainer, there’s a high risk of the teeth slipping and starting to move out of position, and in the worst cases, repeat treatment may be required. By wearing a retainer, you can increase your chances of keeping your smile in check.

Are retainers painful?

Initially, when you wear your retainer for the first time, you may find it a little uncomfortable, but like braces, you’ll soon get used to it. If you do find it painful, don’t hesitate to give us a call and we will do our best to make you feel more comfortable.

If you’d like to find out more about retainers or you’re interested in our orthodontic treatments, why not give us a call and book a consultation? Your dream smile could be just around the corner.

Why It’s Important to Wear a Retainer

Monday, April 4th, 2016

2445507_blogIt 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.