Retainers in Cincinnati, OH
Overview of Retainers
What is the purpose of Retainers?
After undergoing orthodontic treatment to achieve a beautifully aligned smile, the last thing you want is for your teeth to shift back to their original positions. That’s where orthodontic retainers come in as a crucial component of post-treatment care.
How Retainers Work
Once your braces or aligners are removed, your teeth need time to adapt and solidify in their new locations. Retainers are custom-made dental appliances designed to maintain the new alignment of your teeth and prevent unwanted shifting. They act as a gentle reminder for your teeth, holding them in place until they become more resistant to movement.
What types of retainers are available?
A popular choice due to its convenience and ease of use. They can be easily taken out for cleaning, eating, and special occasions.
- Clear Plastic Aligner-Like Retainers fit snugly over your teeth and resemble clear aligners, providing a discreet option for maintaining your smile.
- Traditional Hawley Retainers consist of an acrylic base that sits on the roof of your mouth or along the bottom of your mouth, along with a wire that wraps around the front of your teeth.
Also known as bonded or lingual retainers, permanent retainers are affixed to the back surfaces of your teeth.
- Thin Wire Bonded Retainers are placed on the lingual (tongue-side) surfaces of your teeth. The wire retainer is custom-shaped to match your tooth contours, providing precise and reliable retention. Fixed retainers are convenient and ensure your teeth remain in their proper positions without the need for daily wear.
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How Long Do You Have to Wear a Retainer?
Immediately after treatment
After your braces are removed, or your clear aligner treatment is completed, it’s crucial to wear your retainer as directed by your orthodontist. This initial phase is crucial in allowing your teeth to settle into their new positions and stabilizing the alignment.
Transitioning to nighttime wear
Once the initial phase of retainer wear is completed, your orthodontist will provide specific instructions on transitioning to nighttime wear.
Duration of nighttime retainer wear
The length of time you’ll need to wear your retainer at night can vary. It is generally recommended to continue nighttime wear for several months, sometimes up to a year or longer, to ensure the stability of your newly aligned teeth.
How do I take care of my retainer?
Cleaning your retainer regularly is crucial to prevent bacterial buildup and maintain hygiene. Gently brush your retainer with a soft toothbrush using non-abrasive toothpaste and rinse the retainer thoroughly with cool or lukewarm water.
When not in use, it’s essential to store your retainer properly to avoid damage or loss. Use a retainer case provided by your orthodontist to store your retainer safely and avoid exposing your retainer to excessive heat.
In addition to proper care at home, it’s crucial to maintain regular check-ups with your orthodontist. They can assess the condition of your retainer, provide any necessary adjustments, and ensure it continues to fit correctly.
Dental Retainers in Cincinnati, OH
At Northeast Orthodontic Specialists, we prioritize your long-term oral health and smile stability. Dr. Stadiem and our experienced orthodontic team will guide you through the retainer process, providing ongoing support and care to help you maintain your confident smile. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or consultation at one of our locations in Cincinnati and Loveland.