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The importance of wearing a retainer after braces treatment


Orthodontic treatment can produce incredible results but, in almost all cases, it is important to wear a retainer after your course of treatment is complete. During the treatment process, you will wear braces or an orthodontic device, which will encourage your teeth to move into the desired position. By the end of your treatment, your teeth should have moved to the correct position and you should have a beautiful, straight smile. However, your teeth may start to move after treatment is complete and wearing a retainer can help to prevent this and keep your smile looking perfect. The amount of time you have to wear a retainer will depend on your orthodontic prescription. Your dentist will discuss this with you and talk to you about wearing the retainer during the treatment process.

In some cases, retainers may be recommended for people with minor orthodontic problems, where a fixed brace is not needed. Retainers are removable orthodontic devices, which must be worn for a certain period of time throughout the day and night. If retainers are not worn for the required amount of time, the teeth may start to move and slip out of place.

Are retainers uncomfortable?

Retainers may feel a little uncomfortable to begin with but you will soon get used to it and you should find it relatively comfortable after a few days. You can take your retainer out to eat and clean your teeth and you may not need to wear it all the time. Your dentist will advise you about when to wear your retainer. If you do suffer discomfort, arrange to see your dentist.

Why is orthodontic treatment so popular?

Orthodontic treatment is very common because many people suffer from orthodontic problems. Very few people naturally have a straight set of pearly whites and recently there has been an increase in the number of treatments available and this has encouraged people to have orthodontic treatment. In the past, only Ugly Betty-style bulky ‘traintrack’ braces were available. However, today there is a range of new, innovative treatments, which can move the teeth quickly and painlessly. There are even invisible braces, which mean you can get the smile you want without anyone even realising that you are wearing braces.

Sparkle Dental Boutique are here to add a little ‘sparkle’ to your smile

A perfect smile has become synonymous with the A-list world and everyone from Hollywood to Hanwell has been inspired to visit their dentist in a bid to get the perfect smile … so make sure you don’t miss out!

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