Retainers are essential to ensuring that your teeth remain straight and properly positioned following your braces treatment. At the Doral & Miami Centers for Orthodontics, we provide our patients with either removable or fixed retainers after their braces are removed. We welcome patients from Miami Springs, Kendall, Hialeah, and the neighboring areas of Florida.
What Are Retainers?
Retainers are custom-made appliances that help to hold your teeth in place after a braces treatment. After a braces treatment, patients are at risk of relapse due to a number of factors including continued growth and jaw development. A retainer ensures that your teeth remain straight and properly positioned for years to come. They also come in different styles to allow patients flexibility in maintaining their results.
What Types of Retainers Are There?
Retainers come in two types: fixed or removable. A fixed retainer is a small wire that is cemented behind the teeth. These retainers are very unobtrusive and typically can’t be seen when you smile. These offer a permanent solution to maintaining the position of the teeth. Removable retainers are another option. These are typically worn at all times, but they can be removed when eating or performing hygienic activities like brushing and flossing.
How Long Will I Have to Wear My Retainer?
Permanent retainers are typically worn for years after they are inserted. Once the jaw is fully developed and the teeth are no longer at risk of shifting, they can be quickly removed by your orthodontist. Removable retainers are typically worn for at least 18 months after your braces treatment. At first, they should be worn at all times. Over time, you can gradually decrease the use of your retainer until you no longer need it. During your appointment, we will provide you with specific usage instructions to ensure that your teeth remain straight and healthy.
How Do I Care for My Retainer?
Retainers need to be cared for just like any other orthodontic appliance. We recommend that patients remove their retainer and brush it with toothpaste at least once a day to keep it clean. When not in use, you should keep your retainer in its case to protect it from damage. If you have a permanent retainer, it is important to thoroughly brush and floss the areas around it to prevent the build up of plaque and eliminate any food residue.
The Doral & Miami Centers for Orthodontics encourage patients to wear their retainer to maintain the beautiful results from their braces treatment. We are proud to offer braces and other orthodontic solutions to residents of Miami Springs, Kendall, Hialeah, and the surrounding Florida communities. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment.