You’ve made it through the long haul of orthodontic treatment. You can finally look in the mirror and show off that amazing smile. It feels so good to be free of braces so that you can enjoy straight teeth. You feel like you can’t stop smiling. There’s just one thing; you’ve been told that you need to wear a retainer. You wonder if it is really necessary. The short answer is yes.
Why Do You Need to Wear a Retainer After Orthodontic Treatment?
Although your teeth have shifted into the proper position during orthodontic correction, it takes time for the bone and soft tissues to become permanently settled in their new position. If you do not wear this appliance, all of the hard work of the past few years could be canceled out. Your teeth could relapse, shifting back into old patterns. If that happens, you could see yourself going back for orthodontic correction all over again. Think of retainers as the finish line to make sure that beautiful smile is here to stay.
How Long Will I Need to Wear a Retainer?
Every situation is different. Our specialist will recommend a length of time that is best for you when it comes to wearing this device. As a general rule of thumb, expect to wear your retainer all of the time, except during meals and while cleaning your teeth, for the first six months after you got your braces. For the rest of that first year after braces, you may just wear your retainer at night. It all depends on your unique situation.
You Have Options
While you may not be looking forward to a retainer, you need to remember that this will help you to preserve your smile. You have different alternatives, including removable retainers and ones that are bonded to the back of your teeth. Some of these appliances are clear, meaning no one will even notice that you are wearing it. Only you and our experienced professional will be able to determine which type of retainer will work best for you.
Talk to Our Team
Set up a visit at Ashburn Children’s Dentistry to discuss your future treatment with a retainer. You will be able to review all of your options in order to choose the device that is a good fit for you. You might not be looking forward to wearing this appliance after orthodontic correction, but it is going to pay off in the long run when you keep that beautiful smile. Our office is located in Ashburn, VA. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.