Retainers After Braces

by | Apr 18, 2024 | Orthodontics

Just when you thought the journey to your perfect smile was over, there’s one more important step to ensure it lasts a lifetime: getting your retainer. Here at Northeast Orthodontic Specialists, we’re not just about braces; we’re about the entire journey to a smile you’ll love forever. Dr. Jacob Stadiem and our team are here to make sure your new smile stays put, guiding you through the post-braces world with care and expertise that feels like family.

Why Do I Need a Retainer After Braces?

After your braces come off, the teeth and jawbone need time to solidify in their new positions. Retainers are designed to maintain this alignment and prevent the teeth from drifting back to their original positions—a common occurrence known as orthodontic relapse. 

How Long Do I Have to Wear My Retainer?

  • Initial Phase: Directly after braces removal, it is typically recommended to wear your retainer full-time for a period that Dr. Stadiem will determine based on your unique case.
  • Long-Term Maintenance: Eventually, you will transition to wearing your retainer only at night. This ongoing practice is crucial to counteract the natural tendency of teeth to shift over time.

Dr. Stadiem tailors the retainer schedule to each patient’s specific needs, with regular check-ins at our Blue Ash or Loveland, OH, locations to ensure optimal fit and comfort.

What Should I Do If My Retainer Feels Uncomfortable or Painful?

A period of adjustment to your new retainer is normal. However, persistent pain or discomfort is a signal to reach out to Northeast Orthodontic Specialists. Our team, under Dr. Stadiem’s direction, will assess the situation and make necessary adjustments. Ensuring your retainer fits comfortably is paramount to us, as it plays a crucial role in maintaining the results of your orthodontic treatment.

What Should I Do If My Retainer Doesn’t Fit Anymore?

If your retainer no longer fits as it should, it’s imperative to contact our office immediately. A misfitting retainer can lead to undesired tooth movement, potentially compromising the results achieved with your braces. Dr. Stadiem will evaluate your situation to determine if a new retainer is needed or if adjustments can be made to ensure a perfect fit. Adhering to your retainer schedule is crucial for maintaining the beautiful results of your orthodontic treatment.

The Benefits of Wearing Your Retainer as Prescribed

  • Maintains Alignment: Prevents teeth from shifting back to their pre-treatment positions.
  • Ensures Longevity of Treatment Results: Helps retain the perfect smile achieved through braces.
  • Supports Oral Health: Aligned teeth are easier to clean, reducing the risk of cavities and gum disease.
  • Cost-Effective: Minimizes the need for further orthodontic treatments.

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Northeast Orthodontic Specialists is committed to guiding you through every phase of your orthodontic journey. Retainers are a key component of maintaining the health and beauty of your smile post-braces. We encourage you to adhere to the prescribed retainer regimen and keep in touch with our team to ensure the best possible outcomes.

If you have any questions about your retainer or need to schedule a visit, please don’t hesitate to contact our offices in Blue Ash and Loveland, OH. Let us be your partners in achieving and maintaining the smile of your dreams.