Orthodontics or braces are invaluable in correcting a number of dental issues, such as misaligned teeth, overlapping teeth, and gaps. However, once the braces are removed, it is just as important to wear retainers to keep the straightened teeth in place. The placement of retainers are included in the services available at the practice of Justin Devack DMD, PA in Tamarac, FL.
Why You Need a Retainer after Braces
A retainer is a must-have after wearing braces because there is a possibility that your teeth might shift out of place. Should that happen, the purpose of having worn braces will amount to nothing. A retainer will ensure that your teeth, post-braces, will continue to be firmly held in your jawbone, by the soft tissue of your gum.
Retainers Made of Wire or Plastic
The concern of your dentist for your comfort extends to the selection of the right kind material of your retainer will be made. They can be made of wire or plastic. Since a retainer is custom-made for a good fit, you can choose what material will be used for your retainer before it is done. Your dentist can also recommend the material, based on what is known about your tolerance to certain materials in your oral cavity.
However, you may still initially experience a small amount of unease while wearing your retainer. That is due to the novelty of using it. As days pass, though, you will get used to it and even most likely forget that you are wearing it.
Different Kinds of Retainers
Just as the mouth of each patient is unique, and so are their lifestyles. As such, your dentist may recommend a selection of different kinds of retainers, of which one will be the most suitable for your needs.
Bonded or fixed retainers are attached to your teeth, specifically the back of your front teeth. Only your dentist can remove it. There are also retainers that are molded from your teeth. They are comparatively less obtrusive or noticeable to you and to other people because they are not bonded to your teeth. Ordinarily, your retainer needs to be worn overnight, in order to keep your teeth in good alignment.
Should you have additional questions about wearing a retainer, you can discuss with your dentist during your consultation. To book an appointment, please contact (954) 715-1522. Our office address is 4600 W Commercial Blvd Suite 2 Tamarac, FL 33319.