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What is the purpose of a retainer?



You’ve finally arrived at the date you’ve been looking forward to for months on your calendar!It’s moment to tell good-bye to your orthodontic appliances. But hold on! Your orthodontist may require you to wear a retainer for a period of time. Retainers  are custom-made devices that are used to keep your teeth in place. They are frequently prescribed following orthodontic treatment, such as braces, to help keep your bite in place after it has been reshaped or corrected. Wearing a retainer can be aggravating, but it’s a minor annoyance compared to having to wear braces over again. This article will go over the fundamentals of having to wear ones retainer, such as how long you should wear this every day and how to maintain a clean.

What Exactly Is a Retainer, and Who Needs One?

A retainer is an orthodontic appliance worn after braces and other orthodontic appliances have been removed. It is made specifically for each patient out of plastic and metal and fits on the top of the teeth and mouth. Any patient who has had orthodontic treatment is required to wear a retainer.

Why Is a Retainer Required Following Orthodontic Treatment?

Crooked teeth or a misaligned bite can be attributed to genetics. If you do not wear a retainer after braces, your teeth will revert to their pre-braces state.

Sustain Your Chew, please

When your braces are removed, the soft tissue and bone around your teeth need time to adjust to the new tooth positioning. They gradually settle into their new arrangement, and once that happens, the chances of relapse or the teeth shifting out of their positions are slim.

They keep room for adult teeth and false teeth.

Preteens and teenagers, whose bodies are still developing, are the most likely to wear braces. As a result, they would use retainers  for teeth around the time that wisdom teeth erupted. When they use the retainer diligently, the necessary space in their jaw will be maintained to accommodate new teeth such as wisdom teeth. The use of retainers on a regular basis ensures that the teeth do not shift or crowd due to a lack of space.

They aid in the retention of teeth’s positions.

When you use braces to close gaps in your teeth, it will take longer for the teeth to stabilize. This is true even for severely displaced teeth, as well as large overbites and underbite. It is critical to keep the teeth that must be moved a significant distance or repositioned significantly and firmly in their new spaces until the mo You will always need to wear a retainer, though you may need to replace it after a few years. Forty percent of those polled said they prescribe permanent lingual retainers that you wear for the rest of your life. Whatever type of retainer your orthodontist recommends, you will almost certainly be instructed to continue treatment with it indefinitely.

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