Why do I need to wear a retainer?

Why do I need to wear a retainer?

After months of orthodontic treatment your braces are coming off and your new smile will be revealed! It's certainly an exciting time, but remember, you're going to need to wear a retainer for awhile. Our Maple Ridge orthodontist explains why...

You were sure that once your braces came off it would be the end of your orthodontic treatment but now your orthodontist says you need to wear a retainer. OK, so we totally understand that it's a bit of a disappointment, but your retainer is as important to your orthodontic treatment as your braces were.

What Retainers Do

Once your teeth are where you want them, it's important to make sure that they stay there! When your braces first come off it will take some time for your teeth to settle into the soft tissue and jaw bone surrounding them. Your retainer is designed to prevent your teeth from shifting out of their new positions during this settling-in phase of your treatment.

Retainers are custom-made orthodontic appliances, fitted precisely to your smile, and designed to keep your teeth in the new corrected positions you achieved through wearing your braces. Your retainer will help maintain your new straighter smile. That's why wearing your retainer is so important!

How Long You Will Need to Wear Your Retainer

Every smile is unique, but most patients will wear a retainer full-time for about a year then move to part-time wear. As your teeth settle, your orthodontist will carefully monitor the stability of your teeth and let you know when you can start wearing your retainer part time, or just at night.

Retainer Comfort

At first you may feel some slight discomfort or pressure while wearing your retainer, which is normal. But try to keep in mind that the more you wear your retainer, the more used to it you will get, and the more comfortable it will begin feel. 

Do you have more questions about retainers or other orthodontic treatments? Contact your Maple Ridge orthodontist today to book a consultation. We are always happy to answer our patient's questions.

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