Retainers San Juan Capistrano are a crucial orthodontic tool that help keep your teeth straight and aligned. They’re used alongside braces to ensure you see the full benefits of the treatment for as long as possible.
The length of time you wear your retainer for depends on your braces treatment and the type of retainer you’ve been prescribed. However, everyone that’s received orthodontic treatment is encouraged to wear a retainer for a period of time straight afterwards. This advice isn’t always followed, and it ends with patients returning to the clinic because their teeth have moved out of position once more. In terms of the overall treatment, retainers are almost as important as the braces themselves. Braces move everything into place, and the retainers help keep things that way until all your bone and ligaments are permanently set in this new position.
Consequently, you’ll be looking at at least six months worth of retainer wearing after your braces are removed. This period can increase to a year depending on how serious your treatment was and how much your teeth have moved. During this time you’ll be wearing your retainer permanently.
After this timeframe is over, we normally encourage you to wear your retainer to bed every night for a good two years. Then, once this time has passed, you can decrease the number of times you wear it to just a couple of nights per week.
Here at Braces San Juan Capistrano, we provide three different types or retainer; bonded, clear plastic, and wire.
Plastic retainers San Juan Capistrano are the most common and are designed specifically for your mouth and teeth. They’re removable, and most people opt for these when they have to wear some to bed.
Wire retainers are a simple piece of wire that helps keep your teeth in place. They’re not as common as plastic retainers, but some people do choose to wear them after their plastic ones have gone out of shape.
Bonded retainers San Juan Capistrano are stuck to the back of your teeth and are typically the ones you wear permanently for a year or so after your braces are removed. After that, you can move to either plastic or wire.
It’s essential that you take care of your retainers at all times. They need to be washed and cleaned just like your teeth. This can be done lightly with a toothbrush and some toothpaste, or by soaking them in a cleaning solution. Don’t forget to clean them or bacteria will build up and render them useless and you’ll have to pay for a new pair.
If you’re looking for a new retainer as yours are lost or damaged, feel free to contact Braces San Juan Capistrano today. We’re the number one place for all things orthodontics in the 92675 zip code area. Call us at 949-446-1589, and we’ll book you in for an appointment. Here, we can talk about what retainers you need and answer any additional queries you might have.