A permanent retainer is useful in preventing teeth from shifting after braces have been removed. They can present a problem because they collect food and plaque and make cleaning the teeth more difficult. You should ask your family dentist and orthodontist whether they feel that the retainer can be removed at some point. Sometimes, a removable retainer can be made and only worn part time to prevent teeth from shifting.
A retainer is an orthodontic appliance (usually removable) that is supposed to be worn after your orthodontist removes your braces. When braces are removed, the teeth have a tendency to want to return back to their original positions. Retainers prevent this from happening.
Most upper retainers are made of wire and hard plastic and fit in the roof of your mouth. A lower retainer can be removable or permanently cemented to the lower teeth so that it doesn’t come out.
During the first several months, retainers are usually worn full time. After that, your orthodontist will decide how often they should be worn.
When your braces come off, it is very tempting not to wear your retainers. To keep your teeth from shifting and avoiding having to wear braces again, it is crucial to wear your retainers as often as your orthodontist tells you
An orthodontist is a dental specialist that has not only completed college and 4 years of dental school, but has also completed an additional 2 to 3 years residency program accredited by the ADA of advanced education in orthodontics.
After receiving the additional years of training and education, an orthodontist has learned the skills that are required to treat the misalignment of teeth and facial development with braces, headgear, retainers and other methods.
Only a dentist that has completed the additional years of training and education after dental school is an orthodontist.