Do I have to wear retainers after my treatment?

Are you currently undergoing your orthodontic treatment and wondering whether or not you should wear retainers after your braces are removed?

Yes, you should wear retainers once your treatment is finished, why?

Because braces treatment makes your teeth straighter, but it doesn’t keep them straight.

But what does that mean?

It means that if you choose not to wear retainers after your treatment, your teeth will return to their original positions before braces.

Retainers are used to hold teeth in place after braces.

Trust us, you will not be happy if your teeth return to their original positions… Undoing all the suffering, pain and discomfort you may have gone through to achieve straight teeth.

Whether you are a teenager, or adult, wear your retainer!

What do retainers do?

Retainers are used to keep your teeth in place after braces treatment finishes. They help the newly moved teeth to stay healthy and for the bone to rebuild once the teeth are moved.

How long should you wear your retainers?

You should begin wearing your retainers immediately after your braces are taken off.

We recommend wearing your retainers for a couple of months to prevent a lapse in your treatment, and afterwards wear your retainer every night.

Basically, as long as you want to keep straight teeth for, wear you retainers; some patients choose to wear them nightly for life as it just becomes a routine.

Retainer options

Retainers can either be removable or fixed. Removable retainers can be put in and also removed by the patient, however fixed retainers are put in and removed by the orthodontist.

Fixed retainers include a wire which is cemented to the lingual side of the teeth, typically made of stainless steel. They can either be cemented to each individual tooth or to the teeth at both ends of the wire. These retainers are not visible while talking or smiling.

Removable retainers are either wired or clear, depending on the more appropriate option for the patient.

Removable wire retainers:

This type of removable retainer is commonly known as a plate retainer and is an acrylic moulded base which is custom-fitted to the roof of the mouth.

Removable clear retainers:

Very thin clear mouthguard made from plastic that is created from a mould of your teeth once braces have been removed.

Only your orthodontist can recommend which type of retainer is suitable for each patient, as our teeth and jaws change as we age, meaning our choice may not be the most efficient.

How to clean retainers

We recommend keeping retainers safe and clean to protect them from damage.

For fixed retainers, you must make sure you floss between the wires to avoid gum infections and cavities.

While for removable retainers, you are advised to remove and rinse with lukewarm water after eating food; these retainers are also cleaned by brushing gently with a toothbrush and toothpaste.

At South Yarra Orthodontics, we enjoy helping patients achieve straighter teeth and how to maintain them too. Our friendly team is always happy to help you regarding any questions or concerns you may have regarding orthodontic treatments. If you would like to ask any questions or book an appointment, please click here.

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