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Am I Ready for a Retainer after Braces?

Jun 29, 2017 | Orthodontist

If you are getting your braces off soon, or are considering getting braces, at some point in time, we’ll talk about fitting you for a retainer.

A retainer is used to help keep your teeth in place after your braces have been removed. Like braces, a retainer is custom-made for you. Unlike braces, a retainer is removable. In the case of minor orthodontic issues, we might fit you with a retainer instead of braces.

Retainers are made from rubber or clear plastic, with a wire that covers the outside surface of your teeth. Retainers usually need to be worn constantly during the first six months after your braces have come off. After that, you will most likely need to wear your retainer while you sleep. The amount of time will vary between patients, but six months is generally the average amount of time. You will need to wear your retainer after your braces have been removed, since your teeth have not completely settled into their new positions, and a retainer will help keep them where they need to be.

It’s also important to keep the retainer clean. Over the years, after long days it can be hard to remember where you put your retainer, let alone clean it. We strongly encourage patients to continue to keep their retainers clean so that they don’t end up having to order a totally new retainer. For a great guide, our orthodontist friends from Encino & Glendale, in California, wrote a really great guide that you can use when it comes to cleaning your retainer.

In some cases, Dr. Anisa Omar may place a fixed retainer on your teeth. A fixed retainer cannot be removed except by the doctor because it has been cemented into place. Fixed retainers have the advantage of keeping your teeth in place 24 hours a day.
Retainers are just one step in the process of helping you get the best smile you can. To learn more about braces, retainers, and other orthodontic issues, we invite you to visit Omar Orthodontics in Chantilly, VA. You can sit down with the doctor and discuss what treatment will be best for you. Give us a call today and 703-542-6336 to make an appointment.