Maintain Straightened Teeth with Retainers
What Retainers Are For
Retainers help prevent your teeth from relapsing.
Teeth need to be reminded of their new position. Movement can happen before you even realise it, so retainers are crucial to the success of your orthodontic treatment.
How Retainers Work
Since a plastic retainer is made from a rigid material, your teeth don’t have anywhere to go. They can’t shift around; therefore, they stay in alignment.
A lingual wire works the same way. By being bonded to the teeth, the thin metal holds everything securely.
How Long Do You Have to Wear a Retainer
How long you have to wear a retainer may depend on your case. Generally speaking, most people will wear clear retainers regularly for the first 6 months after orthodontic treatment.
After this, wearing the appliance only while you sleep is required. Lingual wires are always worn since they are permanently in place.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why are retainers important?
Retainers are very important, especially if you don’t want to wear braces again! Our Melbourne CBD team can align your teeth and move them where needed, but after your braces are removed, we still need something in place to stabilise all that progress we made.
Teeth can shift throughout your life. Any small force over time can cause small shifts in the alignment and placement, and those small shifts can lead to bigger shifts. Retainers help prevent these shifts from occurring following braces treatment.
How long do retainers last?
Like any other dental appliances worn in the mouth, retainers can wear down and may eventually crack. Your Melbourne CBD dentist recommends replacing retainers once they have broken.
If cared for properly, retainers should last at least two years, if not longer.
How should I keep my retainers clean?
Clean your retainers with a soft-bristled toothbrush under running cold tap water. Don’t soak or wash your retainer in hot water or the dishwasher – it will warp and/or melt.