We Recommend that Adults Continue with Retainer Treatment
The type and nature of the retainer often depend on the individual case and the extent of movement required, so each prescription is different. Our dentists in Hertfordshire will analyse what treatment course is best for you.
There are essentially two types of retainers:
- Fixed Retainers: This is like a thin wire (or chain) that connects to the inside of the front teeth of the arch treated with orthodontics. It is entirely invisible, and other people are not able to see it in your mouth. The retainer should remain there indefinitely.
- Removable Retainers: This is made of a tough plastic material and is often worn at night. It trains the musculature of the face to the new position and alignment of the teeth. This treatment is often short term. However, it is also prescriptive to the individual case.
We have patients who come from all over the home counties including Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex and Buckinghamshire to have braces fitted. This makes our dentist in Hertfordshire one of the most sought after around.
A long-term solution for straight teeth
If you’ve already had braces or Invisalign fitted, it can feel like you’ve spent years undergoing orthodontic treatments, but the final stage – retainers – can ensure all your hard work hasn’t been wasted.
Wearing retainers can be the difference between a lifelong straight smile and one that reverts back to its original state over time. So, although you may feel fed up with having to wear orthodontics equipment, this final stage can often be the most important.
Your dentist will be able to advise you on how long you should need to use a retainer, and in most cases simply wearing one to bed will be enough to ensure your new smile stays looking as good as new.
What is the purpose of retainers?
Even if you have had teeth-straightening treatment in the past, it’s completely normal for your teeth to shift over time, which is why a retainer may be recommended. The main goal of a retainer is to keep your teeth straight and to prevent them from returning to their original position.
Retainers are most commonly advised for those who have received teeth-straightening treatment in their adult years as adults’ teeth are more likely to return to their old placement.
Do you have to wear a retainer forever?
Although you’re not usually required to wear a retainer at all times, in order to maintain your newly straight smile, it is usually advised that you wear one every night for the rest of your life.
In some cases, after several years you may no longer need to wear your retainer at all, however, this is not a guarantee. Your dentist will be able to advise you on what’s best for you during your routine appointments.
Should you remove retainers when eating?
Although drinking water is fine to do when wearing a retainer, you should always remove it when eating. This is because food can easily damage your retainer, and some foods and beverages can stain it.
How often should retainers be cleaned?
You should be cleaning your retainer every morning and night in order to keep it clean and fresh. It’s important to treat your retainer the same way you would with brushing your own teeth, as it could become smelly and stained otherwise.