What are the appliances that we use to keep the teeth in place when braces have been removed?

What are the appliances that we use to keep the teeth in place when braces have been removed?

Removable Retainer A retainer is an appliance that helps keep teeth in their new position after braces have been removed. Retainers can be fixed or removable. Wearing your retainer is the best way to preserve that healthy, beautiful smile you worked so hard to achieve. Teeth will move unless they are retained!

How do teeth stay in place after braces?

Retainers are appliances used to hold your teeth in their proper position following your orthodontic treatment. Since the human body never stops changing, the retainers hold the teeth still, so while the bones and ligaments change around the roots, the crowns of the teeth remain in the corrected beautiful position.

Can I stop wearing my retainer after 10 years?

Retainers keep your smile in place when active treatment is complete and adults need to wear their retainers for life, but adolescents may be able to stop wearing them after about 10 years.

Can I wear my old retainer to straighten my teeth?

Does wearing an old retainer to straighten teeth work? As it turns out, yes, it can. Retainers don’t just keep your teeth in place, after all. Because they are custom made, they can also help improve any minor oral issues you might find years after having your braces removed.

Why do my teeth feel loose after wearing my retainer?

This isn’t a cause for concern–it’s normal. It’s what your retainer is for. Your retainer’s purpose is to hold your teeth in place as the bone around them hardens and can hold them in place more firmly.

Is it bad to wear your retainer if it hurts?

When you wear a retainer for any reason, certain teeth may feel pressure and might even feel sore for the first few days. If you experience this, don’t worry — it’s completely normal.

Why does my retainer smell?

Just like on your teeth, plaque, tartar, and bacteria can build up on the surface of your retainer. This build-up contributes to the bad smell you may experience. While brushing and flossing your teeth are important to keep these things in check, regular cleaning of your retainer is also important.

How can I make my retainer not hurt?

If your retainers feel tight, but not painful, keep wearing them full time over the next few days until they start to feel okay. Hopefully, they will gently nudge your teeth back in line. If your retainers are painful, or you can’t get them to fit over your teeth, don’t force them.