Retainers are appliances that are used to hold the teeth in position following orthodontic treatment. There are different types of retainer and most people are advised to wear a retainer for a long period of time after treatment, to prevent relapse and ensure that the teeth hold their new position and the smile remains straight.
Fixed retainers are attached to the teeth but they are not visible because they are positioned at the back of the teeth. They are much finer than braces and resemble a fine wire. Retainers do not tend to interfere with eating or drinking and they are easy to keep clean.
Removable retainers can be made from wire and plastic or plastic alone. They should be worn for a minimum time, as set by your dentist, each day to prevent the teeth from moving. Removable retainers do have advantages because they can be taken out to clean your teeth and eat—but the success of treatment is dependent on the individual wearing the retainer for the recommended time period every day.
The teeth have a tendency to start moving back into their original position after orthodontic treatment, so retainers are essential to hold the teeth in place and prevent relapse. If you don’t wear your retainer, you may find that all the hard work of the previous year or so goes to waste and your teeth move back into the wrong position. For more information on retainers please contact us at the Sparkle Dental Boutique near Ealing for more information.
Sparkle Dental Boutique 311 Boston Road Hanwell, Ealing London, W7 2AT
Monday to Friday:
8.30am – 5.00pm
By appointment only.