Dear Dr. Stosich,
I wear my retainer every night like I’m supposed to, but when I wake up in the morning, I find it somewhere in my bed and not in my mouth. I think my teeth have started moving because the retainer isn’t staying in. Help!Sincerely,
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.
Dear Dr. S.,
I just had my braces removed and it was such an exciting day! I love the way my teeth look, but I don’t love my retainer. My mom says I have to wear it or my teeth will move back. Is she right, or just trying to scare me?
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.