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Will Retainers Close Gaps?

If you have a gap between your front teeth, you may be thinking of ways that could potentially close the gap. You may think that a retainer could do the job as it may seem like a small gap that needs closing. Unfortunately, if there is a prominent gap, then an orthodontic solution will be required to effectively close the gap.

Retainers have been designed to be used as an end of treatment to help retain your teeth in their new position. They have the strength and function to hold the teeth where they finally rest, but they do not posses the function to actively move the teeth into a straight position.

We offer two kinds of retainers to be used in conjunction with each other for all of our braces patients. These are removable and fixed retainers. The reason why retainers can’t be used to close a gap is because they are fitted at the end of treatment and are made to fit the straight teeth mould. If they were done while you had a gap they would be made to fit your teeth in that specific way and would therefore not move them but just hold them how they are.

When you have your braces debonded we will fit the fixed retainer at the backs of your teeth which will offer you immediate retention for when your braces are off. We then take impressions of your teeth to then make the removable retainers to fit the exact time frame that your teeth were straight. These take 10-14 days to be made at our dental lab and are then given to the patient to be worn at night. This double up on retention helps protect your investment in straightening your teeth.

To start your journey to straighter teeth, please do not hesitate to call us and book your free consultation today.

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