Teeth even after years of work done on them might go back to their original position that you started out with before you went to your orthodontist. You wonder whether this is a failure of the treatment and it is not working for you. This is not true. This problem can be rectified by the use of orthodontic retainers. These orthodontic retainers help keep your teeth straight and correctly positioned. When you are undergoing orthodontic treatment your teeth move from one position to another.
1. Retainers need to be worn all the time, day and night.
2. The time duration depends on the individual but usually it will be for one to two years. This is after your braces have been removed.
After your teeth have moved to the final place, and you are still advised to wear braces for a further six months, In that case you will need to wear the retainers for only about three months and that to only at night time. This way you can just put them on before falling asleep and hence no losing them.
There are different types of retainers and the duration that you need to wear them depends on the kind. The moment you have the right retainers for you, you will never need to worry about going through orthodontic treatment ever again.
Fixed retainers are fixed permanently to the lower and upper front teeth. Although fixed retainers are more for the lower teeth in order to enable them to remain so without moving. The retainer that is fixed to your teeth assures you that it will remain there and hence a retainer is a commitment of a lifetime on your part.
The advantage of this kind of retainer is that:
Other kinds of Retainers
The flip side of this kind of retainers is that you might not have the commitment required.
Some people think that retainers are optional. However, this is not so. If you want your treatment to be successful then you must be utterly committed to having them on. When you have braces and you want the treatment to be a success, then you must wear your retainers.
Don’t think that retainers are optional. If you are not committed to wearing your retainers then your teeth will slide back to the original position and the whole treatment will not be effective.
Hence, the thing that you must remember is that if you want your teeth to remain straight then retainers are must.
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