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Using Teeth Retainers after Braces

Retainers should be used to take care of teeth after braces. After braces removal, you might find your teeth in their new position as expected. However, the new position might not last long if you do not use retainers to hold them in place forever. You should wear retainers as soon as your braces are removed since the new position of the teeth is likely to relapse especially in the first month after braces removal. The time length of wearing retainers vary depending on the condition of the teeth. They are usually worn for as long a time as braces are worn. Not wearing retainers as instructed can cause relapse where your teeth move back to their previous positions. When this happens, there is no way out but using braces again to fix the teeth.

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Teeth Shifting After Braces With Retainer

Retainers are worn over the back of your front teeth. They come in various models from fixed to removable types. Many people wonder if retainers should be worn full time or not. It all depends on the retention plan prescribed by your orthodontist. Some people need to wear their retainers full time for the first year then for a few years they are worn only when sleeping. Some others only wear their retainer full time for approximately a couple of week and solely at night afterward. Meanwhile, irremovable retainers are generally used for five years. Even, retainers are often used by adults every night for the rest of their life in order to keep the teeth in a perfect alignment.

It is very important to wear retainers properly as instructed by your orthodontist. If you use removable retainers, you should take them out during brushing, eating, and doing sport. You should also pay attention on how to clean and maintain the retainers. They should be taken out from mouth before being cleaned. Use a toothbrush and some toothpaste to clean the retainers. When the retainers are not in your mouth, keep them in a box to prevent from losing the retainers. Therefore, do not forget to prepare the box whenever you want to remove the retainers.

For those wearing fixed retainers, it is important to brush the back of the teeth longer especially around the wire to prevent calculus that might develop. Using dental floss is also necessary. Your orthodontist will give you the instruction is using the dental floss. It is important to follow the instruction because different types of retainers have different treatment and maintenance. Depending on individual problems, needs, and preference, orthodontists will help chose the best retainer to wear.

Just like when wearing fixed braces, you might feel a little bit discomfort when wearing retainers for the first time. However, the discomfort won’t be that much of wearing fixed braces. You just need one to two days to be accustomed to the appliance. Having a lot of salivae is normal effect so there is no need to worry about that. Once you get accustomed to the device, you will feel everything as normal. Retainer won’t affect speech.