Wearing braces are not forever. Although it may take years before they are taken off, at some point in time, your teeth will finally be free from braces. Imagine the satisfying sensation of running your tongue against the surface of your teeth once again. Without braces, you can now perform old routines such as flossing without worrying about destroying brackets and wires as well as enjoy eating without any restrictions.
But delay the celebration for now, as you will need to wear yet another appliance- dental retainers.
What are retainers?
Simply put, dental retainers are orthodontic appliances that keeps the teeth straight and in place after braces are removed. Traditional braces only function to fix issues such as teeth misalignment and bite issues. Once these issues are resolved, retainers step up to assume its job of ensuring that your teeth don’t wander off or revert to its old problems.
Retainers are made from wire, plastic and/or rubber. Its primary function is to help prevent the teeth from shifting back to their original position. It is the last phase of orthodontic treatment for those who wore braces to fix misalignment and bite problems.
A Canberra orthodontist will recommend the number of hours retainers need to be worn in a day. After wearing traditional braces or lingual braces, your Canberra orthodontist will advise wearing retainers for 22 straight hours/day. Over time, the number of hours will be reduced, until you will only need to wear it at night.
How do you take care of retainers?
Just like traditional braces, lingual braces, and other orthodontic appliances, you need to provide the right care and upkeep for retainers to last a long time.
- Clean your retainers daily. Use a soft-bristle toothbrush and lukewarm water for best results.
- You may also use retainer cleansing product if you wear an Essix retainer. To reduce the buildup of calculus on the retainer, make sure to soak your retainer into a retaining cleansing solution.
- Never wash retainers with hot water to avoid warping.
- When not worn, make sure to soak your retainers in water to prevent it from drying out or from other types of damage.
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