Why Retainers Matter

Posted on Feb 19, 2015

Why Retainers Matter

After you’ve successfully completed your orthodontic treatment at our Richmond and Port Coquitlam orthodontist office, the next step is getting fitted for a retainer to maintain your new straight smile and to avoid complications or additional orthodontic treatment.

What are Retainers? 

Orthodontic retainers can be either removable or fixed appliances that are placed on your teeth after you are finished with orthodontic treatment. Retainers are typically made of metal and plastic and are typically fixed behind your teeth.

How Often Do I Need to Wear my Retainer? 

Generally, removable retainers are worn 20-22 hours a day for the first few months after orthodontic treatment. If your orthodontist at HGS Ortho advises it, you may continue to wear your retainer only at night. Your retainer could also be permanently bonded to your teeth.

Why is a Retainer Necessary? 

Teeth have a tendency to shift position, especially with jaw growth or age, so it’s important to take tooth movement into consideration when finishing orthodontic treatment. Tooth movement may in fact undo all the hard work you’ve put into straightening your teeth.

If you have any questions about retainers or orthodontic treatment in general, please don’t hesitate to contact our Richmond and Port Coquitlam orthodontist clinic for more information or to book your orthodontic treatment appointment.

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