Braces and retainers
Posted in the Orthodontics Forum
Since: Dec 11
#1 Nov 30, 2012
Orthodontic Retainers are appliances made from plastic and stainless steel to custom fit your mouth. They act as a guide to hold your teeth into place after braces are removed. A retainer holds your teeth in place so your surrounding gums and bone can adjust around them allowing you to maintain your realigned smile. Although the time you must wear a retainer will vary, many orthodontists recommend retainers are worn into the early 20s until the bone in your jaw and mouth has stopped growing.
If your child has to wore one, you should go to pediatric dentistry for some tips and advices such as: it is recommended to wear it at least 6 month after the braces first came off. Make sure you buy some retainer cases, so your child doesn't lose it, because a new one can cost up to $300. Put one in his school bag, in your car, or at home. After this period is over, your pediatric dentist will probably tell that he has to wear it only at night for at least 4 to 6 additional months. It takes many months for the periodontal ligaments and bone to "remember" the new position of his teeth and keep them in place. The retainer helps keep them in their proper new positions. It's important for youe child to wear the retainer exactly as your pediatric dentist recommends. Otherwise, his teeth may shift, especially if he stops wearing it in the first two years after the braces came off. He will probably have to wear a retainer regularly for a long period of time, at least one night a weak, but he will have a very beautiful smile.
In pediatric dentistry you'll also find advice about how to clean a retainer. Clean it every night the way your pediatric dentist recommends. Rinse it with warm water after taking it out of his mouth, and also before putting it back in later! This will help prevent bacterial buildup. You can brush a Hawley retainer with a toothbrush and a tiny bit of toothpaste, but that is not recommended for a clear Essix retainer, as it can get scratched.
Since: Feb 13
#2 Apr 10, 2013
Retainers are custom made from a mold of your mouth to keep your teeth in place after your braces have been removed so your gums and bone and settle into place. They are made from metal and plastics.
Its important for you to wear your retainers as instructed by your orthodontist, as they will be monitoring the movement of your teeth after your braces have been removed.
Clean your retainers once or twice daily to remove bacteria, plaque and odors. when you're not wearing them make sure they go back into their case as they can be easily damaged or broken and do not leave them in warm areas (cars, pockets, etc).
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