Benefits of Wearing Retainer Teeth
Orthodontic treatments like braces and Invisalign take time as well as money. These treatments result in the straightened teeth you have always wanted, but to make sure your invested time and money do not go to waste, you want your teeth to remain in the new alignment. This is where retainer teeth play their role.
What are Retainers or Retainer Teeth?
The purpose of retainers is to maintain the alignment of your straightened teeth after the orthodontic treatment with braces or clear aligners has been completed. It is highly recommended by dentists to properly wear them following braces or aligners to prevent a relapse of teeth moving out of position. For some people, retainers can also fix minor orthodontic problems.
Advantages of wearing them
After wearing braces and aligners for a long time and finally getting straightened teeth, you may want to simply enjoy your improved smile, but you also do not want your time and money spent on the orthodontic treatment to go to waste. Therefore, to prevent the misalignment of your teeth all over again, you must wear retainers, even if that seems like a hassle. Here are a few benefits that may motivate you:
- Your teeth will take some time to adjust to their new alignment. Your bones, muscles, and gum tissue must all adjust to the changes induced by your orthodontic treatment. If you do not wear your retainer for the prescribed amount of time after your teeth have straightened, they may shift back into the previous positions
- If you still have minor gaps between your teeth following orthodontic treatment, your dentist can fit you with a retainer that gently guides those gaps closed
- When you remove your braces or stop wearing Invisalign aligners, your mouth will feel different. As they adjust to the new sensations, some people clench their jaws. Customised retainers serve as a reminder not to clench your teeth, which helps in preventing migraines and tooth grinding
- When swallowing, conversing, or even when the tongue is at rest, some people experience their tongue protruding forward. This is called tongue thrust, and if you have it, it may cause your teeth to move forward, causing your newly straightened teeth to become misaligned
- Straight teeth are easier to clean. Wearing your retainer allows you to keep the results of your braces or Invisalign treatment; therefore, making brushing and flossing easier, allowing you to maintain not only a straight but also a pearly white smile
How to Take Care of your Retainers?
Retainers are removable, which is convenient when you want to eat and clean your teeth. However, it also means that you need to care for them properly so they can serve their purpose effectively. Your dentist will provide you with instructions on how to clean and store the retainers. You must follow these to get maximum benefits.
Randall Dentistry in Dallas offers customised retainers after completing the orthodontic treatment of the patients. To learn more or book your appointment, call or visit us.