Orthodontic treatment doesn’t always end after your braces are removed. Sometimes, retainers are needed to provide lasting results. At iSmiles Kids Dentistry and Orthodontics, experienced orthodontist Brandon Hoang, DMD, and the team regularly use retainers to ensure that properly aligned teeth stay in the optimal position. To make an appointment, call the office in Corona, California, or request an appointment online today.
A retainer is a custom orthodontic appliance. It snaps into position and prevents your newly aligned teeth from moving out of position.
After orthodontics, it takes between four and six months for your results to become permanent. During that time, your teeth may try and return to their original position. A retainer prevents that from occurring.
The team at iSmiles Kids Dentistry and Orthodontics offers several types of retainers, including:
A removable retainer features a metal frame attached to a plastic base. You take your retainer out during meals and whenever you brush or floss.
Removable retainers are easy to care for, but they’re also fragile. To prevent damage, make sure to keep your retainer inside of a protective case whenever you take it out.
A fixed retainer is a metal wire that your iSmiles Kids Dentistry and Orthodontics provider bonds to the back of your newly straightened teeth. Once placed, the wire prevents your teeth from moving out of position. Fixed retainers are incredibly tough and last for years.
The time that you need to wear a retainer depends on several factors, including your age and the alignment issues treated. If you had minor alignment issues, you might only need to wear a retainer for between three and six months. If the team prescribes a fixed retainer, you might need to wear it for a year or more.*
You visit iSmiles Kids Dentistry and Orthodontics every few months for a check-up. At each visit, your provider monitors your progress and adjusts your treatment plan as necessary.
If you have a removable retainer, it’s important to keep it clean. The team at iSmiles Kids Dentistry and Orthodontics recommends soaking your retainer in white vinegar for at least 15 minutes each week. You can also gently scrub your retainer with warm water and dish soap. These activities remove plaque, bacteria, and food particles, ensuring your retainer stays clean.
To learn more about the benefits of retainers, make an appointment at iSmiles Kids Dentistry and Orthodontics by calling the office or requesting an appointment online today.
*Individual results may vary.