3 Reasons to Wear Your Retainer After Orthodontic Treatment 

December 5, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — sachsedentalteam @ 11:52 pm
person holding retainer and smiling

Get ready to showcase your radiant new smile to the world! The moment you’ve been waiting for has arrived – braces or attachments off, and the exhilarating feeling of a transformed smile. However, to preserve those remarkable results, your orthodontist in Ripon emphasizes the significance of wearing retainers. In this blog, we’ll delve into the compelling reasons why orthodontists stress the importance of incorporating retainers into your post-treatment routine. Keep reading to discover 3 reasons why these devices play a crucial role in maintaining your beautiful smile.

Protect the Investment You Already Made 

During your orthodontic treatment, pressure was applied to shift your teeth to new and improved positions. Upon the removal of braces or completion of your last set of clear aligners, there’s a risk of your teeth reverting to their original locations as the surrounding bone may not be fully healed or “set.”

It is imperative, especially in the early aftercare phase, to consistently wear your retainer. This is essential for maintaining the stunning results achieved during your treatment. Don’t allow all your dedication and hard work to be in vain by neglecting to wear your retainer.

Now You Have Straight Teeth – Keep It That Way 

Several factors influence tooth alignment. Despite having had braces and achieving a settled alignment, there remains a possibility of future movement or shifting. The aging process affects not only the body and face but also the bones and other supporting structures, contributing to potential changes in tooth positioning.

The rear teeth have a tendency to shift forward, leading to crowding in the front. This occurrence is not exclusive to those who have always enjoyed perfectly straight teeth throughout their lives. Consistently wearing your retainer plays a crucial role in preventing changes to your smile in the future.

Save Time and Money Over the Long Haul  

Through past experiences, many of us have discovered that neglecting long-term retainer use leads to shifts in our teeth. Occasionally, these shifts alter the appearance of our teeth to the point where we may no longer be satisfied with how they look.

If such shifts occur, it necessitates undergoing orthodontic treatment once again. Nobody relishes the idea of retracing their orthodontic journey, making consistent and nightly retainer wear the most effective safeguard against this undesirable situation.

As you conclude your orthodontic treatment, it’s crucial to incorporate nightly retainer wear into your regular routine. This step is essential not only for preserving your long-term results but also for cost savings and preventing any potential shifts in your teeth. Follow the recommended retainer-wearing guidelines to ensure the continued success of your orthodontic journey.

Additionally, if you’re an adult who has previously undergone orthodontic treatment, our office is pleased to offer you a new set of retainers. Feel free to reach out to us, and we’ll be delighted to assess your teeth and provide personalized recommendations based on your specific needs!

About the Practice 

At Sachse Family Dentistry in Woodbridge, orthodontic treatment is offered to patients of all ages in a welcoming and comfortable environment. The practice is dedicated to providing personalized care, tailoring treatment plans to enhance both oral health and the aesthetic of your smile. Wearing a retainer is encouraged to help patients maintain their orthodontic results and safeguard their smiles against natural changes over time. For inquiries about retainers or to schedule an appointment, visit Sachse Family Dentistry at Woodbridge’s website or contact their office at (972) 848-0073.

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