What You Need to Know About Wearing a Clear Retainer

Posted on: February 2, 2018

If you have worn braces in the past and need to have a clear retainer made, we are happy to be of assistance. In our orthodontic office, we use retention as a way to help hold our patients’ teeth in position after they have been straightened. Without retention, it is possible for teeth to begin moving back to their original position. This process can happen instantly and be immediately noticeable.

For most people, it happens in small increments over time. To prevent this risk, it is truly important to wear a retainer. If you have lost yours or would like a replacement, give us a call.

Benefits of a clear retainer

A clear retainer surrounds the teeth entirely. For this reason, they are very easy to slip into place. Some people find them to be easier to wear than a metal retainer. Other benefits include:

  • They are nearly invisible so they can be worn at any time
  • They are custom-made for each patient to ensure that they fit securely, comfortably and remain in place
  • They are easy to clean
  • It is easier to speak when wearing one versus a metal retainer
  • Clear retainers are typically more comfortable than metal retainers

Keep teeth in the correct position

Ultimately, the greatest benefit of wearing a retainer is that it helps to keep teeth in the correct position and preserve the results that a patient and their orthodontist have worked so diligently to obtain. It can take an average of two years for orthodontic treatment to take place. To waste the entire time by allowing teeth to move back into the original position is unwise and uneconomical.

Instead, we recommend that patients protect their investment of both time and money by wearing a retainer has prescribed. Then, teeth should remain in the correct position for years to come. It is important to do what is necessary to prevent teeth from moving back. Patients who do not,  often end up paying for orthodontics a second time. Financially, this is unwise given how easy it is to wear a retainer – at least at night.

The perfect fit

We are often asked questions about how comfortable they are to wear and how they will feel. It is normal for people to worry that they may not enjoy wearing a retainer, especially if they have never done so before or if they are switching from a metal one. There will be a slight adjustment. As a person adjusts to wearing the new retainer.

However, if the individual is only wearing it at night, it should be virtually unnoticeable. For anyone who is also wearing one during the day, it typically only takes a day or two to establish a new routine and begin feeling comfortable again. However, since it is removable, a person can remove it for a special event or to give their teeth a rest.

The process

Anyone who is looking for a clear retainer can visit us for an examination. At that time, we can take an impression of the mouth and X-rays so that the exact specifications regarding the size and shape of the retainer can be sent to the dental lab for it to be created. This can take a few weeks but once done, our patients have a retainer that is built to last a lifetime.

Call today

To learn more about getting a clear retainer or the process, call our office and schedule an appointment today.


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