RETAINER

Introduction:

A retainer is a custom-made, removable appliance that helps teeth retain their new position after braces have been removed. While the terms “retainer” and “braces” are often used interchangeably, they are actually two different things. Retainers are just one part of the orthodontic treatment process – they are not meant to move teeth, but rather to keep them in place after they have been moved.

Types of Retainers:

There are two main types of retainers:

1. Fixed Retainers:

These are bonded (glued) to the back of your teeth and can only be removed by an orthodontist. They are typically used in conjunction with braces, and are left in place after the braces are removed.

2. Removable Retainers:

These consist of a wire that goes around your teeth, and can be taken out and put back in by the patient. They are typically worn for a few months after braces are removed, and then only worn at night after that.

Importance of Retainers:

Retainers are an important part of the orthodontic treatment process, as they help to keep teeth in their new, corrected position. Without a retainer, teeth can quickly shift back to their original, crooked position – which is why it’s so important to wear them as prescribed by your orthodontist.

There are two main types of retainers: fixed and removable. Fixed retainers are bonded to the back of your teeth and can only be removed by an orthodontist, while removable retainers consist of a wire that goes around your teeth and can be taken out and put back in by the patient.

Most orthodontists will recommend that patients wear their retainers for at least a few months after braces are removed, and then only at night after that. It is important to follow your orthodontist’s instructions regarding how often to wear your retainer, as not doing so can cause your teeth to shift back to their original position. 

Conclusion:

Retainers are an important part of the orthodontic treatment process, as they help to keep teeth in their new, corrected position. There are two main types of retainers: fixed and removable. Most orthodontists will recommend that patients wear their retainers for at least a few months after braces are removed, and then only at night after that. It is important to follow your orthodontist’s instructions regarding how often to wear your retainer, as not doing so can cause your teeth to shift back to their original position.