If a person has gone through orthodontic treatment using braces or aligners then they may be wondering what happens after that treatment is over. Sure, they get to show off their pearly straight smile but it’s often hard to believe that, that’s the end of it. And, in fact, they believe right — orthodontic treatment isn’t quite over yet.
A person is typically advised to wear an orthodontic retainer after their treatment of braces or aligners is over. Knowing what orthodontic retainers do, why they’re needed and how they can help a person is important. Read more today as we go over each of these.
What are orthodontic retainers used for?
Although orthodontic treatment may appear to end after the braces are removed or the aligners are taken out, the treatment process isn’t actually quite over yet. An orthodontic retainer is typically created personally for the patient’s mouth in order to ensure that the teeth stay in straight shape from there on out.
While most dentists don’t require that the retainer is worn all of the time, it is still great to wear it as much as possible in order to maintain the straight teeth that one had worked so hard for. The maintenance of orthodontic retainers is relatively easy.
Structure of the teeth is important to maintain because the structure helps to keep the teeth straight and strong after braces or aligners are removed. An orthodontic retainer will give someone the structure that they need while adjusting to their bare straight teeth.
The structure can be provided through an orthodontic retainer because it holds the teeth in place when they are not being used. The retainer doesn’t allow for the teeth to shift over time, but rather it keeps them held in their spots in order to maintain their straightness.
While orthodontic retainers are primarily used in order to maintain straightness and shape, they are also beneficial when it comes to protecting the teeth. When the teeth are done with orthodontic treatment, they are especially sensitive and prone to damage. Wearing a retainer can provide extra protection behind the teeth so that they are fully supported and less likely to be damaged.
Orthodontic retainers aren’t the most comfortable thing in the world but they can be really beneficial to people who want to maintain their straight teeth. The teeth often shift over time, even after braces or aligners are worn, so having a retainer in at times can help reduce any major shifts in the teeth.
If you have questions about orthodontic retainers then reach out to our office today. We are happy to answer any questions or concerns that you might have regarding the use of retainers for orthodontic purposes. Give us a call or stop in today.
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