If you’ve received orthodontic care for aligning your teeth, a retainer can ensure you maintain a beautiful, straight smile. Retainers can also help in more minor cases of crooked teeth that don’t require braces. To schedule a personal consultation about your orthodontic needs, visit Glow Orthodontics at one of their locations in Manassas, Woodbridge, or Fredericksburg, Virginia. With comfortable and stylish retainer options, you can keep your teeth healthy and straight for life. Call to book an appointment today.
A retainer is a dental appliance that is custom-made to keep your teeth aligned and straight, or to help shift your teeth into a place of alignment.
In most cases, your orthodontist provides you with a retainer after you’ve had an orthodontic treatment (like braces). The retainer prevents your teeth from shifting back into a crooked position and helps you maintain a healthy bite.
Retainers are made from different materials, but the process is the same: your Glow orthodontist takes impressions of your teeth and gums and creates a custom retainer to fit your mouth using the help of a lab.
There are two types of retainers:
With fixed retainers, your Glow orthodontist attaches a thin metal wire to the back of your upper or lower teeth, cementing it into place permanently.
These retainers aren't removable, but they are mostly invisible when you smile. Fixed retainers require specific tools for flossing, but they tend to offer the best results since they keep your teeth in position all the time.
A removable retainer performs the same job as a fixed retainer, but you can take it out when eating, brushing your teeth, flossing, or other activities. Some patients only need to wear removable retainers while they sleep at night.
While removable retainers are more convenient than fixed retainers, they can easily get lost or broken.
Wear time for your retainer depends on your unique dental needs. In most cases, a fixed retainer is attached for life but may need to be replaced if the cement wears away or it somehow breaks.
With a removable retainer, your Glow orthodontist may recommend wearing it day and night for several months, and then possibly only at night or a few hours during the day.
With proper wear and good dental hygiene, retainers can act as the last stop in your orthodontic care journey. As long as you take good care of your teeth, they will keep your smile straight and healthy for life.
To request a consultation about a retainer, call Glow Orthodontics today to book an appointment.