What Are Retainers?
Dental retainers are customized orthodontic devices that are made from plastic and shaped with wires.
There are 3 different types of dental retainers, and they are often worn by patients after the removal of their braces. Retainers keep the teeth in their corrected positions and to prevent any potential dental misalignment. They play an important role for the continuous maintenance and appearance of your teeth.
Depending on your orthodontist’s retention plan, some retainers have to be worn full time, others only at night, and usually over the course of a few years.
Retainers are very fragile devices, and you must take extra care of them. A small complication in your retainers might cause discomfort and make you waste money unnecessarily.
These delicate devices are not very strong against any external force, thus following precautions must be kept in mind while wearing retainers.
Removing Your Retainers
Removal of retainers is a very common task that is performed by everyone with orthodontic problems.
Retainers do not allow you to eat anything thus whenever you are hungry or want to have a drink other than water, you must remove the retainer. Carelessness during removal of retainers, can damage the retainer and can lead to damage to teeth.
Here is a perfect way to remove your retainer perfectly.
Tips for Cleaning Your Retainers
Retainers are attached to the most sensitive part of the body. It is connected to the teeth and any unhygienic substance attached to the retainers can get into your mouth.
It is very crucial that you must clean your retainers at regular intervals. It will save you from any potential oral health complications.
Here are 4 tips on how to properly take care of your retainers:
Do I Have to Wear Retainers Forever?
This is a question that is often asked, and most dentists in Singapore would recommend wearing retainers for at least 3-5 times a week at night for as long as you live.
The reason is that over the years, your teeth slowly shifts. As you age, the teeth move inwards, and this results in a misalignment. However, this can be prevented through the continued and consistent wear of retainers.
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