Braces Off, Smile On: The Importance of Orthodontic Retention
Orthodontic retention is an essential aspect of orthodontic treatment that helps to maintain the results of your hard work and ensure the longevity of your beautiful smile. After your braces are removed, or Invisalign treatment is complete, your orthodontist will prescribe a retainer to help keep your teeth in their new, corrected positions.
TYPES OF RETAINERS
There are two main types of retainers: removable and fixed. Removable retainers can be taken out for eating and cleaning. In contrast, fixed retainers are bonded to the back of the teeth and are not visible. Removable retainers can be made of plastic or metal wires and are custom-fitted to your teeth.
CARE OF RETAINERS
It’s important to care for your retainer properly by cleaning it regularly with a toothbrush and mild soap and avoiding heat or boiling water, which can warp or damage the retainer. You should also avoid eating sticky or hard foods that can damage or dislodge the retainer.
LENGTH OF RETENTION
The length of time you’ll need to wear your retainer will depend on your individual orthodontic needs and the type of retention prescribed by your orthodontist. Some patients may only need to wear their retainer at night, while others may need to wear it full-time for several months or even years.
Remember, retention is a crucial step in maintaining the results of your orthodontic treatment. Follow your orthodontist’s instructions for retainer wear and care to ensure the best possible outcome for your beautiful smile.