Orthodontist John Young of Monmouth and Ocean County informs patients of the importance of retainers after braces. Dr. Young’s orthodontics office maintains the highest standards of dental care in Ocean and Monmouth County, NJ. We would like to extend our passion for dental care by providing this article to get you informed on the importance of retainers.
Retainers After Braces Are A Must For A Beautiful Smile
Why Retainers Are Necessary
Before your child got braces, the orthodontist carefully analyzed his teeth and jaws to develop the best treatment plan to move his teeth into proper alignment. Because teeth are securely held in place by bone and ligaments, it is no easy feat to move them. Orthodontic appliances put mechanical forces on the teeth to trigger changes in the ligaments and bone to allow movement. This is a carefully planned process that is done slowly as the teeth eventually move into the correct position.
The bite is corrected, and your child’s teeth look great. They are not yet stabilized in their new spot. It takes time for the bone and ligaments to re-tighten and hold the teeth securely in place. Retainers are vital to preserving the great results that the orthodontist was able to achieve. If your child does not wear a retainer at this point of treatment, his teeth will slowly drift out of alignment. It will be back to the drawing board!
Types of Orthodontic Retainers
Orthodontic treatment plans vary, and orthodontic retainers vary too. The type of retainer the orthodontist recommends for your child will be whatever he feels is best to hold the teeth in their corrected position until they are stable. There are two basic types of retainers: Fixed and removable. A fixed, or permanent, retainer is one that…
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