Learn how and why retainers work
What are retainers?
A retainer is a piece of plastic that is custom-made for each individual. A retainer fits over your teeth and keeps your teeth in place. Retainers are very common. In fact, almost all people who have finished orthodontic treatment are given a retainer to wear by their orthodontist in order to keep their teeth from shifting. There are also other uses for retainers like closing small gaps in teeth, helping speech problems, and solving certain other medical issues. Forever Retainers are created from clear, flexible plastic which is thermoformed over a 3D printed model of your teeth.
What do retainers do?
Retainers hold, or retain, your teeth in their final position after active orthodontic treatment is completed. Typically, for the first 4 to 6 months a retainer should be worn as much as possible, while beyond that it is fine to wear retainers when you sleep only, however, your orthodontist is the only one who can specifically instruct how to wear your retainers.
Why are retainers important?
Retainers are just as important as the braces that straightened your teeth. After successful completion of orthodontic treatment, it’s the retainer’s job to keep teeth from shifting back to wear they started from. Failing to wear your retainer can lead to teeth moving, or shifting, and in some cases can result in another round of orthodontic treatment!