A dental retainer is a custom-made oral appliance that is designed to keep teeth in place. Retainers are typically worn after braces are removed and are typically worn at night.
When teeth are not held in position by braces, they can shift out of position. The retainer helps to hold the teeth in place, allowing them to gradually shift into their correct positions.
What Are The Benefits of A Dental Retainer?
A dental retainer is a custom oral appliance that is designed to hold your teeth in their proper position after they have been straightened. The dental retainer should be worn for at least a few hours a day or as recommended by your dentist.
There are several benefits of wearing a dental retainer. Here are a few of them:
- Dental retainers prevent your teeth from shifting back to their previous position.
- Dental retainers allow your teeth to settle in comfortably.
- Dental retainers keep your gums stimulated.
- Dental retainers allow you to avoid wearing braces or Invisalign aligners.
How Often Should I Wear A Dental Retainer?
It’s common for people to forget about their retainers until they start to notice their teeth are shifting. This is why it’s so important to wear your retainers, so you don’t experience the same misalignment you had before your orthodontic treatment.
In general, you should wear your retainers 24 hours a day. The only time you should remove your retainers is when you’re eating or cleaning them.
If you do require an adjustment to your retainer, you should schedule an appointment with your orthodontist. While it’s not common, your orthodontist may need to adjust your retainers to ensure your teeth maintain proper alignment.
How Long Do I Need To Wear My Dental Retainer?
Generally speaking, though, your retainer should be worn every night for the first six months following your treatment. Once you’ve completed that initial phase, you should only need to wear it at night.
Retainer Care Instructions
Dentists recommend cleaning your retainer regularly. This will keep plaque from growing on the retainer and dislodging crowns or fillings.
To clean your retainer, use a soft toothbrush and toothpaste. You should also soak it in mouthwash overnight. If you want, you can also use denture cleaner. Never use hot water on your retainer. This can lead to warping. Also, never put your retainer in boiling water, a dishwasher, or a washing machine.
To find out more about the dental services offered at Pobanz Orthodontics, call (801)-627-0500 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 1508 Skyline Dr Ste 200 South Ogden, UT 84405 or 2717 N Hwy 89, Ste. 300, Pleasant View, Utah 84404.