Your Dental Retainer Is Important!
After the braces are removed, or your Invisalign doesn’t need to be worn, your smile will look fantastic thanks to the orthodontists at Cronauer & Angelakis. You will be required to wear a dental retainer afterwards, and it’s important that you do as prescribed.
The retainer is going to hold the teeth into place, so they don’t shift back in the old position where they sat before the orthodontic treatment. With retainers, it’s important to remember the following.
Wear as Needed
If Dr. Angelakis tells you that you have to wear the retainer all hours while you are awake, it’s imperative that you do so. If you don’t, and your teeth resume the position they did before the braces, you may end up needing to have braces put back on again. This is costly and an inconvenience for most.
Ask about Bonded Dental Retainers
If Dr. Conauer suggests that you use a bonded retainer, or you think you or your child will be bad about wearing their retainer, go with it. This is a retainer that is cemented to the back of your teeth, so you won’t be able to remove it on your own. It will be held in your mouth around the clock to keep your teeth in place.
If you have a removable retainer, make sure you rinse it off and brush it regularly. You don’t want bacteria to get stuck on the retainer, and then get pressed against the gum tissue and teeth all day long. This can cause deterioration and other problems like decay. Brush your teeth before putting the retainer in, and make sure the retainer is clean.
Make sure you or your child has a safe place to store the retainer when it’s removed from the mouth, so it doesn’t get lost, or damaged in any way. A protective container is a great option while at school or work.
If you have been told you will need to wear braces to finish the treatment to straighten your teeth, make sure you do everything that Dr. Angelakis tells you. Your teeth will want to move back to their original position after your braces are removed, and you’ve spent a lot of time trying to get them straight. The dental retainer is the last step in your straight smile process!
Please call us with any retainer questions, or to schedule an appointment with any of our orthodontists!