If you’re researching orthodontic treatment or wondering what your options are to finally get your perfect smile, you’ve probably seen that retainers are mentioned fairly often. But what are they for and why do you need one?A retainer is usually the last stage of your dental treatment. There are several different types of retainers available, but they are all used to keep the position of your teeth stable, letting your bones and gums to adapt to the changes that come after wearing braces or getting your teeth straightened with Invisalign.Depending on the sort of treatment you've received, we usually advise our patients to wear a retainer every day for at least a year. To keep your teeth and smile in tip top condition, we suggest wearing a retainer during the night for the second year, and then slowly reducing the number of nights you wear your retainer over the next few years. But don't worry—your Docbraces orthodontist will explain how and when to wear your retainer once your treatment with braces or Invisalign has ended.
Jun 5, 2014
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