Orthodontic retainers are custom-made dental appliances that are used to keep the teeth in proper position once the dental braces are removed. They are worn to prevent the shifting of the teeth back to their original, inaccurate position after removing the braces.
If not held in place by a retainer, the teeth can move out of position if they are not held in place by a retainer.
When teeth are properly aligned, they are easier to clean, making them healthier overall. Your bone structure also adjusts to the proper position, holding your teeth in place. When we undergo orthodontic treatments like dental braces or Invisalign to align the teeth, wearing retainers is important for the treatment to work effectively and retain the new position of the teeth. Without a retainer, there are chances that the aligned teeth may go back to their original state. So, retainers are recommended until the ligaments and tissues in the mouth get adjusted to the new positioning.
For patients who are wearing a fixed retainer, there are a few best practices to keep in mind. Your retainer is made of durable plastic and is designed to last for several years. However, it can be damaged, so follow the following tips to take care of it.
After braces or Invisalign treatment, you’ll need to wear your retainer as directed. The length of time you wear your retainer depends on why it was prescribed in the first place.
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