When you are finished with your orthodontic treatment, you want to make sure you keep that perfect smile. That is where the orthodontic retainer comes in. Retainers are made of wire or clear plastic. They are orthodontic devices that are worn to keep your teeth in place after they have been straightened.
Just as teeth can be gently moved into a better position to correct misalignment, if there is nothing to hold them in the new position, over time they can move back out of alignment nullifying the straightening process. There are several reasons to keep your straightened teeth in position. One of the main reasons has to do with oral health. Straight teeth are easier to keep clean. There is also less plaque buildup on straight teeth. As long as you maintain good oral hygiene habits, your straightened teeth will be less susceptible to decay; the incidence of gum disease is also lowered.
One of the major challenges of wearing a retainer is keeping track of it when you take it out. Wrapping your retainer in a napkin when you take it out to eat is asking for trouble. Unless you want to take a chance on going dumpster diving at your favorite restaurant, it is best not to hide your retainer in a napkin when you go out to eat. If you choose to wrap it up, then get in the habit of placing it in your pocket or handbag.
Getting used to wearing a retainer and taking it out and putting it in may take a while. Establishing a routine including putting your retainer in the same place so you know where to find it will help in keeping track of it and wearing it for the prescribed amount of time. Keep your straight smile beautiful and straight by following the directions you receive about wearing your retainer.
If you are ready for straighter teeth with orthodontic retainers, contact The Grove Family Dentistry today to schedule a consultation.