May 5, 2023
Orthodontic treatment is a great way to achieve a beautiful, healthy smile. Whether you’ve worn braces or clear aligners, you’ve invested a significant amount of time, money, and effort to get your teeth straightened. However, the journey doesn’t end there. After your treatment, Tringas Orthodontics will recommend that you wear a retainer. In this blog post, we’ll explain why retainers are important and why you need to wear them after your orthodontic treatment.
What are Retainers?
A retainer is a dental appliance that is custom-made to fit your mouth after orthodontic treatment. It is designed to keep your teeth in their new positions and prevent them from shifting back to their original places. Retainers can be made of different materials, such as acrylic, metal, or a combination of both.
Why Are Retainers Important?
After your orthodontic treatment, your teeth are not yet fully stable in their new positions. The ligaments and tissues that hold your teeth in place need time to adjust and become more secure. If you don’t wear a retainer, your teeth may shift back to their original positions, and all the progress you made during your treatment will be lost.
Here are some of the key reasons why retainers are important:
The most important function of a retainer is to maintain the results of your orthodontic treatment. After your braces or aligners are removed, your teeth will be in their new positions, but they won’t be fully stabilized. Wearing a retainer will help keep your teeth in their new positions and prevent them from shifting back.
Without a retainer, your teeth may start to shift back to their original positions. This is known as relapse. The longer you go without wearing a retainer, the higher the risk of relapse. If your teeth shift back, you may need to undergo orthodontic treatment again to fix the problem.
Orthodontic treatment is a significant investment of time and money. Wearing a retainer is an important part of protecting that investment. By wearing a retainer, you can ensure that your teeth remain in their new positions and that you don’t need to undergo another round of treatment in the future.
Retainers can also help improve your bite. If you had an overbite, underbite, or crossbite before your treatment, your retainer can help keep your teeth in their new positions and improve your bite alignment.
Types of Retainers
There are several types of retainers that your orthodontist may recommend, depending on your individual needs:
How Long Do You Need to Wear a Retainer?
The length of time you need to wear a retainer will depend on your individual situation. In general, you will need to wear your retainer full time for several months after your orthodontic treatment is complete. After that, you may be able to wear your retainer only at night.
Your orthodontist will monitor your progress and may recommend changes to your retainer schedule over time. It is important to follow your orthodontist’s recommendations and wear your retainer as directed.
Retainers are an important part of orthodontic treatment. They help maintain the results of your treatment, prevent relapse, protect your investment, and improve your bite. There are different types of retainers available, and your orthodontist will recommend the one that is best for your individual needs. It is important to wear your retainer as directed by your orthodontist and follow a good oral hygiene routine to keep your teeth and gums healthy. By doing so, you can enjoy the benefits of a beautiful, healthy smile for years to come.
Call Tringas Orthodontics at 407-876-2991 for a free consultation or click here to request an appointment. We have two offices to care for our patients. Our Orlando office is in Lake Nona where we also serve St Cloud residents. We are located at 13250 Narcoossee Rd, Suite #100, Orlando, FL 32832. Our Windermere office, where we also serve Dr. Phillips, Winter Garden, Metro West and Ocoee, is located at 422 Main St, #2, Windermere, FL 34786.