Will I Need a Retainer After Orthodontic Treatment?
Once you have your metal braces removed, we understand the reluctance you may feel to wear yet another oral appliance. However, wearing a retainer is essential for maintaining the appearance, function, and overall health of your smile. Our dentist in Muskegon, MI, will instruct you on how often you’ll need to wear your retainers to maintain your picture-perfect smile.
Here’s what you need to know.
What to Expect
Once you’re done wearing metal braces, we’ll take impressions of your teeth to send to the dental lab. From there, the lab will create your new custom retainer and send it to our office for the final fitting. When you return to our office to get your retainer, we’ll ensure it’s a comfortable fit and make any minor adjustments as needed.
During this time, our dentist will provide information on how often you should wear your retainer. For example, some patients may be instructed to wear their retainers every night while they sleep to maintain the results of their orthodontic treatment. Other patients may need to initially wear their retainers during the day as well.
Each patient is different, which is why our dentist and trained staff will walk you through every step of the process.
Why Wearing a Retainer is Important
It’s important that you wear your retainer according to instructions given by our dentist in Muskegon, MI, and surrounding areas. Otherwise, your teeth will gradually shift to their original positions.
While you may not notice your teeth moving at first, the changes become more noticeable over time. For example, your retainer may feel tight and uncomfortable if you haven’t worn it for a few days. Yourwill fit for as long as you consistently wear it.
It’s normal for your teeth to slightly shift over decades. This is the result of everyday wear and tear on your teeth as you bite down, chew, swallow, and speak. The orthodontic retainer is designed to prevent noticeable changes so you can maintain a beautiful, healthy smile for life.
Different Types of Retainers
There are two primary: removable and fixed. The type of retainer you are given will depend on your specific dental situation but it is not uncommon for patients to receive a combination of both. For example, a removable retainer for the upper teeth and a fixed retainer for the bottom.
Removable retainers are exactly that, removable. Our dentist will inform you on exactly how long you will need to wear your retainer full time and then how often it will need to be worn long term. You will need to be sure to clean the retainer as instructed.
Fixed retainers are bonded to your teeth in a way that can’t be clearly seen, such as on the back of your teeth. Because it is not removable, extra care will need to be taken with this type of retainer to remove food particles and prevent periodontal issues.
Request an Appointment with Us
Dr. Bruce G. Jones is an experienced dentist in Muskegon, MI, who’s accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment, please call Bruce G. Jones Dentistry at (231) 780-5158. You may also fill out our online contact form and someone from our team will reach out to you soon.