You are completing your orthodontic treatment. Whether you had regular braces or clear braces from Brooklyn orthodontics in Staten Island, a lot of time, pain, and effort went into making sure your teeth are straight and your smile is perfected. When your braces are removed, your orthodontist, Dr. Al-janabi, will give you a retainer. The retainer holds your teeth in the new positions so the bone tissue can rebuild around your straight teeth. It’s a stabilizing process that may take a while. A retainer is molded from your teeth and is specific to your bite and smile.
A removable retainer is just that: removable. You can take it out and put it in your mouth as many times as you need. They are made of wire and hard plastic-like material. The plastic either covers the roof of your mouth or is placed behind your lower front teeth.
A permanent retainer is placed and removed by Dr. Al-janabi. It is also a custom fit. The wire is bonded to the inner side of your teeth, most likely on your bottom front teeth.
Wearing the Retainer
The retainer is a mechanism used to help your teeth stay straight when your braces are removed. If you do not wear your retainer as Dr. Al-janabi prescribed, your teeth can move back to your pre-braces smile. Additionally, your retainer will no longer fit correctly.
Words of Advice for You and Your Retainer
When you receive your retainer, make sure you follow some guidelines.
- Carry your retainer case with you always
- Do not drop your retainer (even if it is in the case!)—it could get damaged
- Do not wrap the retainer in a napkin
- Keep away from pets
- Whether you have a removable or permanent retainer: keep it clean!
If you have any questions regarding braces, clear braces in Staten Island, retainers, or anything about the process, be sure to contact Brooklyn Orthodontics in Staten Island! We are happy to help you get the smile you deserve.