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Dental Retainers and How They Work

Posted on 1/9/2023 by Malmquist Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Dental Retainers and How They WorkMany people have procedures to straighten their teeth. Few people, however, are aware of how retainers operate. A retainer is a device manufactured specifically for your teeth and is often comprised of wires or plastic. A retainer holds your teeth together to prevent movement.
Most orthodontists and dentists advise their patients to wear a retainer at all the times to keep their teeth in their optimal position following orthodontic treatment such as corrective surgery, Invisalign, or metal braces. Although it is conceivable that your teeth's new position will not become permanent for up to 6 months, you will often need to wear a retainer for the entirety of your life to maintain the effects of your teeth alignment procedure.

How Retainers Work

Retainers help your teeth stay in their normal locations for a long time. Your dentist may suggest a retainer if you have ended Invisalign treatment or have to remove your braces to keep your teeth in their new, straight posture. Your orthodontist or dentist may advise using a retainer to help correct an overbite or underbite if you have one. By straightening your teeth and adjusting their alignment, you may enhance the look of your smile. You may address speech issues by aligning the shape of your mouth, which is necessary to help you articulate words and produce sounds. To do this, your teeth must be straightened.

Your orthodontist may advise you to use a retainer if you have bite alignment or speech issues. Your dentist will need to take imprints of your teeth, conduct an oral examination, and take intraoral pictures of your mouth, to fit you correctly with a retainer. The information acquired will serve as the foundation for the retainer that is constructed.

What Benefits Of Using A Retainer?

Your dentist will remove your braces after your teeth are straight. The effects last longer if you use a retainer to keep your teeth properly aligned. All the effort you put into acquiring and wearing braces pays off with the prolonged usage of a retainer.
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