Almost anyone who has worn braces or used a system like Invisalign is also going to have to consider the use of retainers. They are a standard part of orthodontics treatment, and yet many people are unaware of the ways in which retainers protect your smile. Kulkarni & Fitz Orthodontics in Springboro, OH emphasizes patient education, and so we want to take some time to explain the need for a retainer and how it is of such value to even those who did not wear braces.
Wearing a Retainer
We already said that retainers protect your smile, and particularly after you have had it corrected with braces or Invisalign. After all, your teeth have been moving around for a while, and that means they are not as firmly in position as they were before you visited the orthodontist to have them corrected. Often, a retainer is called upon to keep the teeth in that optimal placement until they settle in place.
Of course, as your preferred orthodontist in Springboro, OH, we may recommend the use of a retainer for something other than post-treatment stability. For instance, we will suggest the use of a retainer if someone is struggling with TMJ or for a patient who is determined to be a tongue thruster. This is a condition in which the tongue may stick out between the teeth during speech.
It is also not all that unusual for those just starting with orthodontics to wear a retainer in advance of more in-depth treatment. In this way, it is easy to see that retainers protect your smile in more ways than one. Of course, that is only true if you take the doctor’s advice and wear them as directed.
Most of our patients will not have to wear the retainer over the long term, but as each patient is unique, you might find it necessary to wear a retainer a bit longer than you expected. Typically, patients wear them for a year, or more. If retainers protect your smile, they need to be worn all day and night and removed just to perform oral hygiene and for eating.
Need a New Retainer? Give our Orthodontist a Call
Do you have questions about retainers? If so, give us a call at our Springboro, OH office at 937-748-0505. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.