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Is It Necessary to Use Retainers Post Braces?

Is It Necessary to Use Retainers Post Braces?

Posted by:  Admin
24th November, 2020

Absolutely! Braces patients must use retainers after treatment. This is because the teeth cannot remain straight for long with only braces. They can shift your teeth to the desired position; however, when they are removed, the teeth will relapse (return to its former crooked state).

This is common in patients who are not using their retainers as recommended. But you may be fortunate to realise your new teeth position is maintained, or you may see the teeth in its old condition; making all the orthodontic treatment fruitless.

Reasons for teeth movement post braces

Retainers after braces are meant to prevent teeth movement after treatment. While moving your misshapen teeth, the soft tissues and surrounding bones are also moved. With time, your bones take to the new position, but your gum fibres that are linked to your bone and teeth get stretched during this period. These fibres do not adjust and will always exert pressure on the teeth.

Jaw development, among other factors, contributes to teeth movement with time. Dental conditions like diastema and open bites are consequences of relapse.

What's the function of retainers post braces?

Retainers keep your teeth in their new position after treatment. It's a simple procedure. Take note that your teeth can move should you stop wearing retainers at any point in time. The good news is that modern-day retainers are not easily visible.

Dental retainer types

  • Hawley retainer
    Should you have had orthodontic treatment as a young child, then Hawley retainers may ring a bell. They are still in use, but we choose the comfortable and inconspicuous Essix retainer at our practice.
     
  • Essix retainer
    These ones look like Invisalign aligners as they are made from transparent, airless plastic shaped to fit your teeth snugly and keep them straight. These retainers are unobtrusive and typically cause zero speech impairment. Many patients after full-time wear of Essix retainer for a period are to put them on only at night.
     
  • Bonded retainer
    Made of thin steel wire, these ones are installed behind the front 6 teeth. They are bonded in position and provide permanent resistance to relapse. You may have to wear fixed retainers for life, replacing them from time to time. Care should be taken when brushing your teeth with fixed retainers in; use an interdental brush.
  • Finding the best retainer
    Your dentist will discuss how to maintain your new teeth position with you. Depending on the case, you may need bonded or removable retainers or both. Some patients opt for retainers they can remove; contact the best Invisalign provider in London. Other patients may choose fixed retainers since it's secured.

Any retainer you use, ensure you wear it for a long time. Contact your dentist at once if you lose or break your retainers.

What happens if your teeth are relapsing?

Should you have stopped using retainers and you're noticing teeth relapse, you still have time to do something. Book your free consultation today at Museum Dental Suites.


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