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Tips and Tricks to Take Care Of Your Retainers


Your retainer is an essential part of your orthodontic treatment. Make sure your retainer lasts by taking care of it properly. Check out the tips for how to take care of your retainer here. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Tips and Tricks to Take Care Of Your Retainers

Tips and Tricks to Take Care Of Your Retainers
What is a Retainer and Who Needs One?
Retainers are devices that help maintain straight
teeth achieved by braces. Any individual who has
recently undergone orthodontic treatment to get
their teeth straightened needs to wear a
retainer. Braces create a beautiful smile, but
the retainer maintains it while encouraging
better oral hygiene long after its gone. After
the braces have been removed, teeth can shift
back to their original position. So, retainers
are worn to help maintain the position of
straightened teeth.
Why is a Retainer Needed after Orthodontic
  • If you dont use a retainer after braces, the
    genetics will come into play and the teeth will
    revert to the way they were before the
    orthodontic treatment. For kids and teenagers,
    alignment of the teeth can be relatively easier
    compared to adults because there is slightly less
    chance of relapse. Make sure to wear a retainer
    consistently if you are an adult and have
    undergone orthodontic treatment.
  • Reasons Why Retainers are Important
  • Retainers Stabilize Your Bite
  • Maintain Space for Wisdom Teeth and New Teeth
  • Prevent Treatment Reversal
  • Helps Teeth Hold Their Position

Retainers After Braces Types
The use of retainers after braces is an essential
part of the continuing maintenance of teeth.
There are two types of retainers after
braces Fixed Retainers The fixed retainer is
usually a thin wire worn across the back of the
lower or upper front teeth. Removable Retainers
The removable retainer is usually a combination
of a wire going across the front of the lower or
upper front teeth. They are held in place with a
combination of acrylic material and hooks that
insert in and around the back teeth to hold the
retainer in place.
Care for Your Retainers
  • Each retainer has its pros and cons, but both
    serve the same purpose to keep teeth straight
    after braces. An important part of any dental
    care plan is proper cleaning. A dirty retainer
    can harbour bacteria, which can cause bad breath
    in your mouth.
  • It's important to take good care of your
  • Wear the retainer as instructed by your
  • Store your retainer properly.
  • Remove your retainer before eating.
  • Use floss threaders to floss around your teeth
    and a permanent retainer
  • Brush your teeth around the fixed retainer.

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