Retainers

Retainers Guide

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.
Relapse and retainers

KENILWORTH, Ill.- Plenty of former orthodontic patients are familiar with the unpleasant experience of squeezing on a retainer after neglecting to wear it for a week…maybe two. There’s a reason for the discomfort.

Our teeth are on the move. Many post-orthodontic patients fall victim to “orthodontic relapse,” a phenomenon that causes teeth to slowly shift out of alignment following treatment. Frustratingly, relapse calls for another round of orthodontics to correct. Tooth movement once braces are removed may involve a number of factors, ranging from genetics to habitual teeth grinding. That’s why retention is vital to enjoying a gorgeous smile that lasts a lifetime.