The last thing you want to happen when you have gone through months of wearing braces is for your teeth to relapse and ruin your gorgeous new smile. This is why we advise all our patients to wear a retainer following orthodontic treatment.
If you’ve been wearing a brace for weeks, months of even years, you may not think that you need to wear a retainer, but the truth is that wearing a retainer is essential to preserving the look of your new smile. Braces move the teeth into position, but if you don’t wear a retainer after treatment, the teeth can start to move and slip out of their new position, which undoes all the hard work of the past months.
Retainers are a type of orthodontic appliance designed to hold your teeth in their newly straightened position. There are fixed and removable retainers that are designed for the upper and lower sets of teeth. They form an essential part of orthodontic treatment, helping to preserve your newly straightened smile and reducing the risk of you needing repeat treatment.
Fixed retainers are usually applied to the back of your upper or lower teeth and are often comprised of a fine wire that sits at the back of your teeth. They are not highly visible and should not cause you any major discomfort. The benefit of fixed retainers is that they are guaranteed to work because they are fixed in place and the success of treatment is not dependent on you remembering to put them in.
Removable retainers are ideal for people who want a little more flexibility, but it is important to wear your retainer for the recommended time. They can be made from plastic (known as an Essix retainer) or plastic and wire (known as a Hawley retainer).
Your Sparkle Dental Boutique dentist will be happy to discuss the different treatment options with you. In some cases, a specific type of retainer may be recommended, while in others, the patient will be invited to choose from a range of options. We are happy to explain how the retainers work and to answer any questions you may have. We will also advise you on how to look after your retainer and keep it clean at the Sparkle Dental Boutique near Chiswick.
Sparkle Dental Boutique 311 Boston Road Hanwell, Ealing London, W7 2AT
Monday to Friday:
8.30am – 5.00pm
9.00am – 4.00pm