Using Retainers to Maintain Your New Smile After Orthodontic Treatment
Orthodontic treatment is the best way to align your smile and bite. However, even after treatment has been completed, there is an important part of maintenance to keep your smile properly aligned: retainers. Retainers after braces are required to keep the teeth in their new alignment and reduce the risk of enamel wear and tear that can be caused by grinding or clenching.
What is a retainer?
A retainer is best described as a custom-made mouthpiece made of plastic or metal designed to conform to the shape of the teeth. Retainers are generally worn after Orthodontic treatment to maintain alignment and prevent relapse. They can also be used for minor tooth movement in cases where Orthodontic treatment may not be necessary.
What is the purpose of a retainer after Orthodontic treatment?
Retainers are used after Orthodontic treatment to help maintain the new position of the teeth. Retainers prevent the teeth from shifting back to their original positions and help ensure that your newly straightened smile lasts as long as possible. They also provide extra support while the surrounding bone and tissue adjust to the changes in tooth position.
What can happen if I don’t wear my retainer as advised?
It is critical to wear a retainer regularly, as instructed by Dr. Edgar Mendieta, to keep your teeth aligned and healthy. If you do not wear a retainer or follow instructions correctly, your teeth will shift and cause further alignment problems. Your Orthodontist can provide guidance on how often you should wear your retainer and how long you should leave it in.
Learn more about retainers after braces treatment
If you live in the Columbus, OH, area and want to speak to our team at Global Smiles Orthodontics about Orthodontic treatment and aftercare with retainers, call our office today to request a consultation visit. Our practice is at 3160 West Broad Street and can be reached by calling (614) 230-0374.