Braces or Clear Aligners are the key to an amazing smile. However, the treatment doesn’t end once you have your braces taken off. To protect the investment you made, it’s important to wear a retainer so your newly aligned teeth can settle into their new position / bite. To help you understand what you need to know about wearing a retainer, the friendly professionals at Cumberland Orthodontics in Columbia and Somerset, KY, are here to explain.
Top 4 FAQs About Orthodontic Retainers
What Is a Retainer?
A retainer is a custom-made device that keeps your teeth from shifting back into their original position. These are typically made for a patient to wear as soon as they have their braces removed.
What Types of Retainers Are There?
Your orthodontist will prescribe one of two types of retainers for you to wear. A fixed retainer is cemented to the back of your teeth, while a removable retainer can be taken out of your mouth when you need to eat or brush your teeth.
How Long Do I Have to Wear a Retainer?
When your orthodontist gives you the retainer, they will advise you on the estimated length of time you will be required to wear it. Typically, a removable retainer may be worn all day for the first six months and then at night indefinitely. A fixed retainer may be worn forever, unless hygiene concerns arise.
How Do I Clean My Retainer?
For a removable retainer, you will need to take it out during your oral hygiene routine and brush it with toothpaste. You can also soak it in a cleaning solution like polident or retainer brite.
If you have questions about cleaning and maintaining your retainer, ask the team at Cumberland Orthodontics in Somerset and Columbia, KY. Dr. Brown offers a comprehensive range of high-quality orthodontic treatments, including traditional braces and Invisalign®, in a comfortable and friendly environment. Contact them today by calling (606) 679-8436, and visit their website for more information about their full list of services.