What are Retainers?
Retainers include pieces of metal or plastic customized for each patient according to their needs. Usually, retainers cannot be the same since each is made to match the alignment of your teeth and the shape of your mouth.
There are two main types of retainers:
Why Should You Wear Dental Retainers?
Whether you are an adult or a kid, retainers are crucial after the braces sessions are over. This is because the retainers help the bone that holds the teeth rebuild after moving. Also, retainers help maintain the newly acquired teeth structure after active orthodontic treatment.
An orthodontist can sometimes recommend a retainer to address a space between two teeth or when moving a single tooth. In such cases, braces may not be necessary, thus the need for retainers, especially in children.
Besides helping shift your teeth, retainers can also be used in kids having tongue thrusts. Tongue thrust includes a condition where a kid’s tongue slides through the teeth when talking. Therefore, some retainers will be explicitly designed to restrict the tongue from moving forward when talking. Also, retainers are a perfect solution if your kid has a temporomandibular disorder (TMD) following teeth grinding (bruxism). Besides, they can help prevent your kid’s jaws from coming into contact at night, thus eliminating teeth grinding.
Tips to Foster Your Child’s Habit of Wearing Retainers
While it can be pretty uncomfortable to wear retainers, especially for children, you can follow a few tips to encourage them to wear them. They include:
- Reward your kid for wearing the retainers, especially in the first few weeks.
- Customize the retainer with your child’s favorite cartoon character.
- Always remind your kid of wearing the retainers and their importance
How Do You Care for Your Retainers?
Unless you are brushing or eating, you should always wear your retainers. It is important to note that retainers are pretty fragile and costly to replace. For this reason, at Harmony Orthodontics, we will provide you with a particular case to protect your retainers from misplacement, breaking or loss. It is an excellent idea to develop a habit of storing your retainers, in this case, whenever they are not in your mouth, to avoid contamination. Also, do not forget to wear them when playing games that require a mouthguard.
Fortunately, cleaning your retainers does not involve a complicated procedure. You must brush them with regular toothpaste and rinse them properly with cold water. Ensuring your retainers are regularly and thoroughly clean is critical as it prevents the build-up of food particles that could decompose and damage them or your teeth.
At Harmony Orthodontics, we are dedicated to providing the best services to our clients, achieving the best possible results. We are always open to any concerns or questions regarding retainers or orthodontic care. You can contact us via our website or call our area offices in Sandy, Oregon or Gresham.
We look forward to serving you!