I’ve Finally Had My Braces Removed; Why Do I Need A Retainer?
Finally getting your braces off is a very exciting day. You won’t have to carry a toothbrush everywhere you go, you can eat pretty much anything that you want and you can show off your gorgeous new smile! As far as your treatment plan goes, however, having your braces off is the step that transitions you into the next stage of your treatment plan—wearing a retainer.
An orthodontic retainer’s job is exactly what its name implies: to help your teeth retain their new positions. Once your braces are no longer applying gentle force to your teeth to push them into their proper location, their natural inclination will be to move back to where they started from. This is exactly what the wearing of a retainer prevents from happening.
You will have to wear your retainer more often at first, but eventually this will decrease.
At Cronauer and Angelakis, we offer three different types of retainers for our patients:
- Essix Retainers: These are made from clear, molded plastic and can be removed during meals and for cleaning.
- Fixed Retainers: This wire that is bonded to the backs of your teeth for several years is not removable and has proven to have a hire success rate than removable options.
- Removable Retainers: Worn for 8-12 hours a day, these can be taken out and produced in a variety of colors.
You’ll find that although wearing retainers can be inconvenient, they are still much easier to deal with than braces. After spending so much time getting your smile perfect, they are definitely worth wearing to prevent undoing all that you’ve put up with for the last two to three years.
If you have any questions about retainers or any of the other orthodontic services that we provide, schedule an appointment at one of our convenient locations today.