What is an Orthodontic Retainers?
Orthodontic Retainers are dental appliances made of plastic and metal wires. They are fitted for patients after orthodontic treatment is complete. Their purpose is to help patients maintain the corrected position of their teeth. Fitting an orthodontic retainer takes between 30 minutes and an hour.
What types of Orthodontic Retainers are there?
Orthodontic retainers may be fixed or removable.
How long should I wear an Orthodontic Retainers?
Patients should wear their retainer for at least 20 hours a day, after their orthodontic treatment, for one year. After this year has passed, they should continue to wear the retainer at nighttime.
Is fitting an Orthodontic Retainer painful?
Fitting a retainer is not painful. Patients may experience some pain or discomfort for a few days after the retainer is fitted. The pain or discomfort will disappear once they get used to wearing the retainer.
How is an Orthodontic Retainer fitted?
The orthodontist may fit a wire retainer on the teeth and make adjustments wherever needed. The orthodontist may also take an impression and get a retainer fabricated and placed on the teeth.
What care is required after fitting an Orthodontic Retainer?
Patients should wear retainers continuously, between meals, and at night. They should remove their retainer while taking part in contact sports. They should clean retainers using special products prescribed by the dentist. Some retainers can be cleaned using toothpaste while others require an alcohol free mouth rinse or denture cleaner. Patients should not expose retainers to any form of heat.
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