Orthodontic Retainers: All You Need to Know

Find out all about orthodontic and Invisalign retainers. What they are and how they work.

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No matter what type of orthodontic treatment you’re undergoing, your dentist will ask you to wear retainers at the end of your treatment. If you’re wondering what orthodontic retainers are and how they work, this article is for you. Continue reading to find out everything you need to know about orthodontic retainers.

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What are Orthodontic Retainers?

According to the American Association of Orthodontists, a retainer is a removable or fixed appliance worn following the completion of fixed braces or clear aligner therapy. The retainers are fitted to the upper and/or lower teeth to prevent them from moving backward.

How Do Orthodontic Retainers Work?

Orthodontic retainers mainly perform two functions. First, they hold the teeth in their position so that new bone and soft tissue can form around them. Second, orthodontic retainers keep the teeth fixed in their positions and prevent them from going to their previous positions.

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What are Different Types of Orthodontic Retainers?

Dentists use different types of retainers to consolidate orthodontic treatment. Generally, there are two different types of retainers available; fixed and removable.

  1. Fixed Orthodontic Retainers:
    A fixed retainer, also known as a wire retainer, consists of an orthodontic wire that is bonded to the inner surfaces of the teeth. Fixed retainers also have a plastic component that partially or wholly covers the roof of the mouth, or the lingual arch, for the lower teeth. The function of the wire is passive; it will not exert any force but will ensure that the teeth do not move unnecessarily.
  2. Removable Retainers:
    In some cases, dentists also use removable retainers. The removable retainers are made from a plastic-like material and are fabricated as the exact replica of your teeth. When worn, the retainers won’t exert any orthodontic force. Instead, they prevent your newly-aligned teeth from moving back to their previous positions.

Do I Need to Wear Retainers After Invisalign Treatment?

Yes, you need to wear orthodontic retainers, even if you’re getting your teeth straightened with Invisalign or other clear aligners. However, Invisalign manufacturers recommend using their own retainers – the custom-made, removable Vivera retainers. Like the aligners, Invisalign Vivera retainers are made from a transparent material, making them virtually invisible.

How Long Do I Need to Wear My Retainers?

According to the American Association of Orthodontists, you should wear your retainers if you want to keep your straight. While some patients need to wear their aligners for a few months or a year, others may need to wear them nightly on a long-term basis. Your dentist will advise you as to how long you should wear your retainers after the completion of your treatment.

Orthodontic retainers are the last step following orthodontic treatment. Orthodontic treatment performed by a skilled and experienced dentist will not only give you a beautiful smile but also ensure that you have a perfectly aligned, fully functional set of teeth. Dr. Mahsa Esfandiari Dental Group in Los Gatos offers affordable, high-quality orthodontic treatment services to its esteemed patients. We take pride in having the best dental professionals in town! So, what are you waiting for? Visit us today and start your journey towards a healthy and charming smile.

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