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.
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.
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.
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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I have been undertaking a cosmetic treatment (Invisalign) for around eight months here, off the back of a recommendation of a friend who had the same treatment. The professionalism and perfectionism with which my treatment was delivered was outstanding, as was the general service and were all of the staff I encountered.
My dentist Dr. Wahab Shakir was particularly great, with a friendly, reassuring manner and an eye for detail. He always went above and beyond, without ever being asked.
I'm now almost at the end of my treatment and couldn't be more pleased with how treatment has gone. Given the service and end result I'd also consider it excellent value for money.
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Firstly what a great dentist, all the staff were friendly and very helpful as this was my first time here.
I had called for an emergency appointment due to a sudden cracked tooth and Dr Wahab Shakir despite the end of day fast approaching (30 minutes till close) he said he would see me.
The treatment was not straight forward due to the crack but Dr Shakir after a lengthy time managed to save the tooth/restore it and prevent what I believe most dentists would have done which install a crown - Thank you!
Highly recommend this dentist and service and I am grateful for not only seeing me within an hour but also staying passed closing time and finally for doing a Stella job.
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After lots of research I was very happy with the results and the service at Museum Dental. 100% I would recommend to a friend. I couldn't be more pleased.