Dental retainers are a frequently used oral appliances. These stabilizing devices are most commonly worn by patients after their braces have been removed. They are also used to close gaps in teeth, to correct misalignment and speech problems, and to treat such conditions as tongue thrush, bite disorders, and bruxism.
Retainers are custom-made for each patient and are fabricated of plastic and metal materials. They are created to fit the mouth and upper teeth and mouth of each individual. Every retainer is uniquely shaped.
Why Use a Retainer?
Your Town Square Dental dentist may suggest a dental retainer for a number of reasons. They are typically worn to hold newly straightened teeth in place after braces have been removed. After orthodontics are removed, the teeth naturally begin to shift back to their original location. Retainers prevent this process.
Retainers and Orthodontic Treatment
It is commonplace for an orthodontist to fit patients for their retainers immediately after braces are removed. Some people are instructed to wear their retainer all day and all night for the first few months. Eventually, only overnight use will be needed. Other users never require daytime wear. They simply wear the retainer at night, but for a longer timeframe. Regardless of your prescribed regimen, this final step in your orthodontic therapy is very important for optimal results.
Other Uses for Retainers
Retainers are also worn to shift one or more teeth, or to close spaces between the teeth for patients who didn’t need to wear braces. In these cases, extensive orthodontic treatment isn’t necessary because a dental retainer can easily correct the problem. The only downfall, it can take a few years of wearing a retainer consistently to shift teeth and close spaces, while keeping teeth in their proper position.
Book an Appointment
Chewing Gum: Good or Bad for Your Teeth?
Many people may not know, but the average American consumes about 2 pounds of gum each year. There are many reasons someone might chew a piece of gum, whether habitual, to stay awake during a boring college lecture, or to freshen their breath throughout the day. Whatever the case may be, i...
What’s the Difference Between Gingivitis & Periodontitis?
Have you noticed that your gums appear to be receding? Suffer from chronic bad breath? You may be suffering from a common dental condition known as “periodontal disease”! In the early stages, periodontal disease is known as gingivitis. However, as it progresses it is known as periodont...
Town Square Dental: Fluoride Treatment
There are many different ways to improve the health and appearance of your smile. Our Town Square Dental office provides fluoride treatments that help to protect smiles. Continue reading to learn more about this treatment and see how it can improve your oral health. What is a fluoride trea...
Dental Digital X-Rays Vs. Film Radiation
For many of our patients, the difference between digital X-rays and film x-rays may not even be noticeable. Overtime Dentistry has come a long way in making great advancements in dental care. One of the most significant advances in dental care is the use of digital x-ray imaging machines. ...