Once your braces are removed, you will be free and clear of all those wires, bands, and brackets. Your teeth will be properly aligned, and you can eat whatever your heart desires. Although this is an event to be celebrated, you are not out of the woods yet. The next treatment phase involves wearing an orthodontic retainer.
Wearing a dental retainer after braces is a critical step in maintaining all the work that has been done. There are several types of retention appliances available; all are custom-made for each patient.
You may wonder why it is necessary to wear an orthodontic retainer after completing treatment with braces. If you do not wear a removable retainer, your teeth will shift back to their natural misaligned position. After being corrected, it takes several months for the ligaments to adjust to the newly aligned position.
Expect to be fitted for an orthodontic retainer on the day your braces are removed. Depending on your case and preferences, you may be fitted for a traditional wire retainer or a clear retainer. A set of digital images or impressions of your bite may be taken after your teeth cleaning to assess the success of your treatment. At this time, you will be given retainer instructions.
For some patients, a fixed retainer is a good option, particularly for the bottom front teeth. This type of device is non-removable, and not visible from the front. The retainer is a bonded on the inside surface of teeth. It may stay in place for several months or more. A fixed retainer is used for teeth at high risk for reversion.
If you’re nearing the end of your orthodontic treatment and require a dental retainer, contact our orthodontist in Cincinnati, OH today to schedule an appointment.