There is nothing more unbinding and relaxing than removing your braces. It is that eureka moment because finally you are going to enjoy the reward of your patience and bring back that confident smile of yours. Just like magic you feel liberated and free.
YES it’s a great feeling all right, but don’t get the excitement get the better of you. The treatment is well over but the precautionary modes exist, which you will have to maintain them for your teeth.
We are talking here about the retainers. There are many dental clinics which offer the best treatments after taking orthodontic therapy.
Why are retainers important after an orthodontic treatment?
Many people think that once the treatment is over, their teeth will stop moving. But this is not the case. Even after the braces are removed, the teeth will be in a moving position, simultaneously if there is no tool to keep the tooth together in the required shape they may move back again to the position they were in before the braces were used.
This is where retainers come in the picture and will help keep your teeth properly aligned. Its main task is to keep your teeth stabilized in one place.
What are the different types of retainers?
- Fixed Retainers
They are usually thin wires which are wore across the back your lower teeth which is fixed in place. They are easy to clean and hold teeth properly. As they are not removable they are likely to be twice effective.
- Removable Retainers
It is normally a combination if a wire going across the front of the lower and the upper front teeth held in place with a combination of acrylic material. They can be removed and reinserted as and when you wish.
- Essix Retainers
They are clear molded plastic retainers which fit in your teeth to keep them in the desired position for as long as possible and are virtually invisible.
How exactly do the retainers work?
- Like a car puts breaks to prevent over-speeding, similarly retainers prevent shifting. Retainers send minute indicators to the roots of your teeth to tell them to stay in place and keep your teeth properly aligned.
- Wear the retainers as instructed by your orthodontist.
- Take care as to not to break them. If they do break replace them as soon as possible.
- Depending on your orthodontist’s recommendation you may have to wear the retainers for 24 hours a day for the initial first 3 months.
- Then he may eventually change the time frames for your retainers.
- They are useful in solving your other dental problem also. Misaligned teeth can hinder your speech and also create joint problems. Retainers help keep your bite in place so that you can enjoy your meal.
- Also routine dental examinations are very important to check the working of your retainers.
Get the most of the benefit from your retainers
Be sure that you wear your retainers all the time and be sure to maintain them always. If you fail to do this you can contract some infections and other dental complications. Take care to wash the retainers on a regular basis.