Orthodontic retention refers to the last phase of orthodontic treatment, in which removable appliances are used to maintain the position of your newly straightened teeth. Once your braces are removed, your orthodontist will create a mold of your mouth similar to the impression that was made prior to the initiation of your treatment. This mold is then used to create a customized retainer based on the new position of your teeth. Some patients may require two retainers for both their top and bottom teeth. Continue reading to learn more about the importance of wearing your orthodontic retention appliances.
Maintains Your Smile
Braces and the Invisalign system both work by gradually shifting your teeth into the correct alignment. Because your teeth are constantly moving during orthodontic treatment, they will still be subject to movement once your braces are removed or you finish the last aligner. However, your teeth will no longer have proper guidance and are likely to return to their original position. Wearing your retainers as instructed by your orthodontist or Invisalign dentist will ensure successful treatment by keeping your teeth in their proper position long after your orthodontic treatment is complete.
Promotes Proper Oral Health
Wearing your retainers will not only keep your teeth straight but will also promote better oral health. Crooked teeth are more difficult to keep clean as they increase the risk of plaque build-up. Reduce your risk of tooth decay and gum disease by wearing your retainers so that daily brushing and flossing remain simple tasks.
Reduces Future Costs
Individuals who fail to wear their retention appliances following orthodontic treatment are more likely to require additional treatment later in life. You can help reduce the amount of time and money spent on orthodontic treatment by wearing your retainers as instructed by your orthodontist.
Whether you’re interested in clear Damon braces, ceramic braces, or the Invisalign system King Orthodontics is here to help. To learn more about your treatment options, contact our Durham, North Carolina office at (919) 489-6581.