When you think about visiting the orthodontist and getting your teeth straightened, what are the first few things that come to mind? Damon braces, Invisalign, glue guns, brackets, rubber bands, and maybe head gear? While all of these things do in fact play an important role in the straightening of an individual’s teeth, none of it will last long without a retainer.
Despite the pivotal role that retainers play in the straightening of a person’s teeth, most people don’t spend any amount of time thinking about them. This is perhaps why it is so common for people who have already had braces before to get them put back on a few years after the first set are taken off. Retainers are designed to help keep your teeth in place after the braces have moved them to the position they should be in. Thus, when people forget about them or don’t wear them for months a time, the teeth will start to shift back into the position they were in before the person got the braces. Many people never wear their retainer once after they get their braces taken off. It is these very same people who are back at the orthodontist five or ten years later getting fitted for braces once again.
As you are likely starting to see, retainers play a central role in helping people keep their teeth straight. They are molded perfectly to your teeth once the braces are taken off. Thus, by wearing them for a few hours each day the person is able to keep their beautiful smile for the rest of their life. There are two things that are great about retainers regarding this point. For starters, they don’t have to be worn 24/7 like braces do. In fact, simply wearing your retainer for a couple hours each day or while you sleep is typically plenty of time for them to hold your teeth in place. Second, they don’t have to be worn for the rest of your life. After a few years or even just a year, many users are able to ditch their retainer because their teeth are no longer going anywhere.
Another thing that’s a fantastic characteristic of retainers is that most of them are just plastic trays that you put over your teeth. They aren’t nearly as uncomfortable to wear as braces are, they don’t really put any pressure on your teeth so they don’t hurt at all, and you can’t even see them. Thus, you could wear them wherever you want and most people wouldn’t even know that you had them on. The ease of wearing them, their look and the fact that they don’t hurt at all are all reasons why it simply doesn’t make sense that so many people forget to wear them. The next time your doctor at Ghosh Orthodontics tells you to wear your retainer for a few hours each day, make sure that you do it. The alternative is getting your braces put back on, and nobody wants that to happen.