Do I Need My Retainer?

Do I Need My Retainer?

Having your braces removed is a joyful experience. It is important to keep in mind that once your braces have been removed, the care for your new smile is not over. After removal, the retention stage begins, and it is the key to the success of your treatment. This stage is crucial because your teeth will not be stable unless you wear your retainers. Retention can be achieved by wearing your retainers as recommended.

Your retainers are designed to keep your teeth from shifting out of their new position. All of our patients, whether they received treatment with braces or Invisalign, will require a retainer after their treatment is complete. Our orthodontist in McMurray can help you keep your teeth straight and aligned for a confident smile!

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The Importance of Wearing Your Retainers

After you’ve completed your treatment with braces or Invisalign, the next phase in your treatment is the retention stage. By wearing your retainers, you can keep your teeth straight. If you do not wear your retainers consistently, your teeth will shift back into their original position.

This will require additional orthodontic treatment to realign them to the correct positions. At Severns Dentistry & Orthodontics, we want to avoid your teeth from shifting out of place, so we use retainers for all of our teen and adult patients who have completed treatment with braces or Invisalign.

Why Should I Wear My Retainers?

If keeping your teeth in their new straight position is not reason enough, Severns Dentistry & Orthodontics wants you to wear your retainers as recommended for a variety of other crucial reasons:

  • Prevent Shifting Due to Wisdom Teeth- For pre-teens and teens, wearing retainers may prevent wisdom from moving your straight teeth out of position.
  • Stabilize Your Bite- After removal of the braces, your mouth’s soft tissues and bones in your mouth will require time to adjust. Your retainer can help your bone and tissues stabilize.
  • Avoid More Orthodontic Treatment- By wearing your retainers consistently, you can prevent your teeth from shifting, which in turn, will help you avoid further orthodontic treatments.

Expert Dentistry and Orthodontic Services in McMurray

With expertise in Orthodontics and General Dentistry, McMurray area patients can expect the best in dental care from our team. If you have any questions about the retention process or how to use your retainer properly, contact the experts at Severns Dentistry & Orthodontics today!

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