Retainers are dental devices that help prevent your teeth from shifting out of position. They are an essential part of orthodontic treatment and preserve the effects created by braces or a tray-based alignment system like Invisalign®.
Most retainers are removable and can be worn around the clock or only during sleep. There are also fixed retainers that are secured in place in much the same way as metal braces.
During your consultation, your dentist will advise you on the type of retainer best suited for your specific needs. You’ll discuss when and how to wear your retainer, as well as how to clean and store the device when necessary.
Just as no two smiles are ever exactly alike, your retainer is one-of-a-kind and crafted to fit snugly over your teeth. Some options are made of clear plastic and look just like the aligners used in Invisalign treatment. Others use a combination of hard acrylic and wire to keep teeth in position.
Devices like a nightguard or NTI-tss Plus™ are commonly referred to as retainers. While these devices look and feel similar to a retainer, they serve different purposes than preventing teeth from shifting out of position and are not technically retainers.
When you first begin to wear your retainer, it might feel unusual. It won’t take long for your body to get used to wearing the device, and you’ll eventually be able to forget you’re even wearing it.
If your child is given a retainer, parents should take time to ensure the device is being worn as prescribed. After all, it takes an investment to straighten teeth, and to preserve the resulting smile is important.
Your retainer might have a snug fit, but there should never be any significant pain present while wearing the device. If you find your retainer difficult to snap into place or experience significant discomfort when wearing it, call the office to schedule a visit. Your teeth may have shifted to the point that a new retainer needs to be crafted.
Learn more about your retainer options by calling William Lessne, D.D.S. & Bilal Chaudhry D.D.S.s to book a visit. Online scheduling is also an option and takes just moments to complete from the comfort of home, even after regular business hours.