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What are retainers?
The retainer is a form of brace used after the treatment of straightening your teeth. These are normally made of wires or metal/plastic. They help the bones of the mouth to preserve the final changes after the initial treatment. After any dental surgery or orthodontic procedure, the bones and gums take some time to adjust to the final position. If the retainers are not used after the treatment, the bone tries to adjust back to the original position and the teeth alignment may relapse back to the pre-treatment position. To avoid this relapsing, retainers are used.
The patients will need to wear them for the majority of the day to achieve the best results. The retainers we offer are:
These are fixed retainers. They are recommended because you need not worry about removing them before and after every meal. On the other hand, upkeep may prove difficult as you may feel some difficulty in maintaining the hygiene of your mouth. Although a normal oral cleaning using a toothbrush is sufficient for you, the normal floss may not work with the fixed retainers. These retainers are recommended in the case of long treatment. After the removal of wisdom teeth, the patient is required to wear retainers for a year. In some instances, retainers may be required to be permanent, such as when major changes in the bite have taken place and there is a chance of reversal.
The most common type of retainers are removable. Although it is easier to clean your mouth and keep your retainers clean, it does become a bit of a hassle with having to remove them before meals. This also encourages a misplacement of the retainers and replacements can be costly. Another issue that may arise with removable retainers is that their structure may distort, causing your teeth to alter. Regular checkups will be required to prevent such things from happening. Various types of removable retainers are:
How much do retainers cost?
The retainers will be covered in your orthodontic braces treatment and there will be no retainer costs to maintain your new smile (vivera retainers are not included in this). With some of our treatment plans, you will receive an additional retainer in case you misplace the original. Should you find that you have lost your retainer and need a replacement, please give us a call today (extra charges may apply).