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Retainers: Do You Have to Use Them After the Braces

Orthodontists are often asked whether a person who had his or her teeth straightened by braces are required to wear retainers after. This article will answer that question and tell you as well other purposes that necessitate wearing a retainer.

A retainer is a small piece made of plastic and metal that is custom made for every child who needs one. They usually come as a pair and fit the top and bottom teeth. Lidums Orthodontics Adelaide will tell you that no two retainers are identical, although many looks similar.

Orthodontics AdelaideMost people (children and adults) who have braces have to wear a retainer for at least a little time after removing the braces. Others use them to close gaps in their teeth, to help with speech problems, or to solve some medical issues.

Why do I need to use a retainer?

Help Teeth Stay in Place After Being Straightened By Braces

Needing a retainer can be due to a few reasons. The most common purpose is to help teeth stay in their new positions after using braces. It is essential to use a retainer because as the body grows, the teeth also move or change. The retainer helps control this change.

After the braces are removed by the orthodontist, the dentist who helped straighten your teeth can also correct jaw problems. They will fit you a retainer and tell you how long and when to use it. For example, you may need to use it all day for three months, but only at night after that. Some people may use their retainer only at night from the beginning but may have to use it for more than a year. The retainer keeps your teeth in line, and you won’t even notice it while you sleep!

Close Teeth Gaps

Other children may use retainers to close a gap between their teeth or to move a tooth. Often, retainers will be used for several years to close a space, for example, and then keep the gap closed by keeping the teeth in place.

When you use a retainer for any reason, individual teeth can feel pressure and even pain during the first few days. If you experience this, don’t worry, it’s completely normal.

To Help a Medical Problem

Retainers can help many oral problems in addition to changing teeth. They are sometimes used to help a medical problem. For example, your tongue may be pushed (a condition in which your tongue sneaks through your teeth when you speak).

Another use of retainers as recommended by Lidums Orthodontics Adelaide is to help people with temporomandibular disorder (TMD). This disorder is usually the result of a bite problem (teeth do not meet together properly when the jaws are closed) called or bruxism, which is grinding the teeth while sleeping.

To Correct Speech

Some retainers, known as crib retainers or tongue cages, are designed with small metal bars that hang from the roof of the mouth. These retainers prevent the tongue from moving between your teeth when you speak. The time children use a tongue cage varies depending on the child.