Going through orthodontic treatment is an investment of time and money, so it is important to do all you can to prevent relapse. In orthodontics, this refers to the reversal of progress after traditional or removable braces.
Keeping Your Teeth in Place
After orthodontic treatment, a retainer is provided to help your teeth stay in place. A retainer's primary purpose is to hold your teeth in the proper position after treatment with any type of braces.
Depending on your orthodontist's recommendation, the retainer may need to be worn for 24 hours a day for the first three months (except at mealtimes or while brushing and flossing).
It is not uncommon for orthodontic patients to wear a retainer every night while sleeping for a year or longer. Sometimes patients must continue to wear a retainer overnight, regularly for life.
Retainers are custom-made to fit the unique shape and placement of your teeth, and if there is a substantial risk of relapse, a permanent, fixed retainer may need to be placed for a period that is determined by your orthodontist.
Who Needs a Retainer?
According to Colgate®, the jaw bone is the foundation of your smile, and because the bone is a living, changing tissue, shifting and settling is to be expected. Retainers hold the teeth in place to establish their new position.
Anyone who has had orthodontic treatment will need to wear a retainer for some time. Since it’s natural for teeth to move slightly, the retainer helps preserve the proper tooth alignment and bite.
North Valley Orthodontics in Phoenix, AZ
If you desire straighter teeth or have been treated with braces and need a dental professional in Phoenix to help you maintain your new smile, call North Valley Orthodontics today. Our warm and friendly team is here to answer your questions or schedule a convenient consultation.