Retainers are used for two main purposes. Originally, they were used only for keeping the teeth straight after metal braces were removed. Now, they are also often used for straightening the teeth. If you have some questions about retainers, we invite you to call us to find out more information.
The most common type of retainer is the removable one. It can come in several shapes and styles depending on the office and the orthodontist’s wishes. Some come with wires that run along the front and hard plastic that fits around your upper palate.
However, fixed retainers are sometimes a better solution. These can be used along with removable retainers, or they can be used on their own. A fixed retainer is usually a short piece of wire that is cemented to the backs of two of your teeth to hold these teeth and those that separate them in the correct locations. They are most often used on your bottom teeth, which are most prone to moving.
Maintaining your retainers properly is vital if you want to keep them in good shape and if you want them to last for years. Although it may seem perfectly easy to clean these devices, make sure you ask our orthodontist for recommendations and instructions. Keeping them clean will help your entire mouth feels clean and will give you better-smelling breath.
In addition to maintaining your retainers, you will also need to spend plenty of time maintaining your teeth as you are wearing them. You will still need to brush and floss just like you always do. You should visit the dentist at least twice per year for cleanings and to be checked for cavities.
Retainers can help keep your teeth straight after your braces are removed. When worn at night, they prevent your teeth from shifting back to crooked positions. Plus, they are easy to remove when you need to eat or clean your teeth. If you have other questions, reach out to us at Redmond Orthodontics in Redmond, WA. Contact us today to book an orthodontic appointment.