A retainer was created to achieve precisely what the word entails: it “retains” the position of your smile after your braces are removed. Dr. Denny Cho incorporates a retainer into every long-term orthodontic treatment. That’s because your teeth need time to adjust to their new alignment. Otherwise they may sway back into the same position they had before.
Depending on the severity of the malocclusion that was fixed and the resulting tension in your periodontal ligaments, Dr. Denny Cho may teach you to wear your retainer for about 22 hours every day for a few months. You would really only take it out only while eating or cleaning it. Or he may ask you to wear it part time for a year or more
Following these instructions is vital to keeping your newly straightened smile. Keep in mind that a straight smile can also aid in preventing future speech issues, TMJ, bruxism, enamel erosion and other oral health problems.
At least once a day in the morning or evening, you’ll want to clean your retainer. Using water, nonabrasive toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush, gently and thoroughly brush it, rinse it and put it back in your mouth or into its case according to your orthodontist’s directions.
Are you fully prepared for your retainer? If you have any queries, you can call a member of our friendly dental staff at Smile Dental Studio in Salt Lake City, Utah. Our number is 801-583-4500, so give us a call today!