Dental Retainers

After you have completed your orthodontic treatment and your teeth are properly aligned, we will provide you with dental retainers to help preserve your new smile. It’s not uncommon for teeth to regress back to their previous position once the braces are removed.

At BrightCraft Dental and Laser, we offer retainers to help keep your teeth in their newly straightened positions so you can continue to enjoy a straight, beautiful smile.

What are dental retainers?

Dental retainers are custom-made appliances worn after orthodontics treatments to protect the results of the intervention.
They can be fixed or removable devices but their purpose is to keep the teeth straight so they do not shift out of alignment.
As you age, your teeth tend to shift even after braces have made your teeth straight and this could erode the results of your orthodontics treatments.
Dental retainers help ensure the longevity of your new smile by ensuring that your teeth remain in their improved position.

Do I need dental retainers?

 Dental retainers are a critical part of the treatment for achieving a straight smile.
 When the braces are removed, it takes some time for your gums, bones and muscles to get used to the change.
  Day-to-day habits like chewing and grinding apply pressure to your teeth and may move them back to the previous position.
 To minimize the risk of a relapse, it’s vital to wear dental retainers.
 They basically act as “brake”, which stops the pressure that could cause the teeth to shift.
✓  When worn, they signal the teeth roots to stay in place, thus ensuring that your new smile doesn’t get ruined.

What types of dental retainers are available?

There are different types of dental retainers but here are the most common types:

Fixed retainers

Fixed retainers consist of thin wires, which are discreetly bonded behind your front teeth to hold them in place. They’re very unobtrusive and designed for long-term wear to ensure long-term results. Your fixed retainers require little maintenance – just make sure you clean around them carefully using special floss or an inter-dental brush.

Removable retainers

Removable retainers are custom-made to fit your teeth in their new positions. You won’t need to wear them for 24-hours a day but it’s important to wear them regularly as instructed by your dentist. Remember to keep your removable retainers safe in the box when not wearing them. For your peace of mind, we can arrange to have a spare set made for you.

How long do I have to wear retainers for?

✓  Most patients wrongly assume that the only device needed for their orthodontic treatments is dental braces.
✓  Actually, when braces are finally removed, the retention phase begins.
✓  You will need to wear your retainers for a specified period of time to reinforce new tooth alignment after treatment with fixed braces or removable aligners.
✓  Different factors determine how long you will need to wear your retainers for.
✓  Most times, your age and the type of orthodontic treatments you’re receiving play a vital role.
✓  It’s important to follow your dentist’s instructions to make this stage successful otherwise the treatment can fail or even take much longer than anticipated.

What are the advantages of dental retainers?

The major benefit of dental retainers is that they help keep your teeth perfectly aligned so all the hard work and perseverance you put into wearing braces pays off. Retainers also offer a number of benefits including:

✓ Allow tissues to heal: Orthodontic treatments cause a lot of changes in the jawbone. Dental retainers keep your teeth aligned so the tissues can heal and catch up.
✓ Correct speech problems: Retainers can help adjust the placement of the tongue so you can correctly form sounds when you speak.
✓ Minimizes snoring: If you have a problem with snoring, retainers may help improve your breathing at night.

Book an appointment!

If you’re considering any orthodontic treatments, you want to ensure that you’re worked on by a highly skilled professional. At BrightCraft Dental and Laser, we are here for you to help you get a straight smile. Schedule a consultation today.

What to do next?

If you are interested in orthodontics and not sure which braces or retainers to have book your free consultation at BrightCrafts Dental. 

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