Why a Retainer Is Important
Whether or not you’ve worn braces previously, most people are familiar with what a retainer is, and the purpose behind wearing one. Many incorrectly assume, though, that retainers only come into play after having worn braces for a few years. In fact, since a retainer can be worn by anyone with a need to straighten their teeth, even adults with mildly crooked teeth can skip braces and go straight to the retainer. Maybe even you might benefit!? The other misconception people have is that once a person’s teeth are straightened by braces, their teeth will always remain in their newly aligned state. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case.
The reason a retainer must be worn has to do with the “spongy” nature of the innermost bone that encases the tooth. It’s because of the recovering nature of this type of bone tissue that we’re even able to move a person’s teeth through orthodontics. And, just as teeth can be moved into place because of this type of bone, they can also shift out of place without proper reinforcement. Thus, the reason for a retainer – it applies force to direct, or set teeth in place. This effort is particularly crucial in the days, weeks and months after the removal of your teen’s braces, and many dentists even suggest a retainer should be worn all of one’s days to guarantee straight teeth!
So, for a retainer to produce the results your investment deserves, and the look your teen desires, it has to be worn according to the guidelines set by their orthodontist, no “ifs” or “buts.” And, it must be properly cared for, so it’s around to be worn in the first place.
Caring for a Retainer Means Not Having to Replace It!
Keep it out of napkins and tissue paper: Countless retainers are unwittingly tossed in food establishment trash cans by teens who took their retainer out to eat, and dutifully wrapped it in a napkin to avoid looking gross in front of friends. A simple retainer case can prevent this expensive mishap.
Give it a bath: Once a month or so, soak the retainer in a glass of water with a denture cleaning tablet. This too keeps the retainer clean and free from bacteria and debris.
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