Retainers are used to hold your teeth in their new position after braces have done their job and keep them straight. There are two main types of retainers, fixed or removable.
- Fixed retainer – this is fixed in place by the orthodontist and attached to the back of your front six teeth. If you have had braces on both your top and bottom teeth then you will have a retainer placed behind the front six top and bottom teeth. As this retainer is not removable you need to take some extra care when brushing your teeth to make sure it does not get broken and that you are cleaning your teeth effectively around it.
- Removable retainer – this is a kind of retainer that you can take in and out yourself and is removed when eating and cleaning your teeth. After an initial period of full-time wear, removable retainers only need to be worn at night.
When to wear retainers
There is no way to predict how long it will take for your teeth to start to move after orthodontics or how much they will move as everyone is different. What we do know is that without some kind of retainer there is no guarantee your teeth will stay straight.
Retainers are an essential part of orthodontic treatment, whichever kind of brace you have.
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