24 Feb 2017
1- Retainer 101 – Why do patients need retainers, when are they used, why are they important?
- Why are retainers used in orthodontic treatment?
Retainers are used to retain the new teeth position after the smile has been corrected through braces or iDentity clear aligner treatment.
- Why are retainers sometimes used before braces treatment?
Retainers are not used prior to braces. Phase 1 orthodontic appliances may resemble retainers, however, they are not – retainers are used only after treatment to ensure the teeth retain their new locations.
- Why are retainers so important during orthodontic treatment?
Retainers are a crucial part of your orthodontic treatment. If you have worn braces or had iDentity clear aligner treatment, you’ve worked hard to ensure a beautiful smile at the end of that treatment. But, if you won’t wear your retainer exactly as your orthodontist recommends, you may see that smile start to slip away.