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Why Retainers after Braces

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By : Sally Nickson    19 or more times read
Submitted 2018-02-13 13:40:30
The retainer is an orthodontic device used to keep the tooth structure. The dentist will flatten teeth that are not straight or uneven with braces. After the teeth are neatly arranged, the dentist will replace the braces with a retaining device (retainer) so that the position of the tooth does not change.

So the main function of the retainer is to hold the teeth that have been flat and already good. Not to move the teeth, leveling, or shifting teeth that are less good position. There are several types of retainers, namely:

• Hawley Retainer: The oldest type of retainer, its shape surrounds the tooth, the front of the wire and the back is made of transparent plastic.

• Clear Retainer: Well, this "sailing teeth", the color is transparent, so it does not look if we wear, but the color tends to change. Those advantages are not visible at all, and no acrylic plate on the roof of his mouth. The drawback is that it can wear out over time.

• Fixed Retainer: Permanent retainer in the form of fiber wire or yarn attached to the rear surface of the front teeth. Those advantages should not be afraid of this retainer is used for lost or forgotten on the teeth.

However, with the permanent retainer, tooth hygiene, especially the gap between the teeth around the retainer must be maintained very well, because it can be a place to lodge the rest of the food.

However, most retainers used after braces are Hawley Retainer and Clear Retainer After removing braces why should use retainer when teeth look neat?

After removing braces the jawbone and fine tissue may not be able to hold the teeth, so as not to change the position you should use a dental brace. The first few months after removing the braces are the time when the teeth will most likely move to the old position.

So that this does not happen, your dentist will recommend that you use the retaining teeth. If not, chances that you have to use braces again are high. In general, retainers are used 24 hours during the first six months, then above six months at night.

Wear at least 2 years. More than two years if kept in use, even better, after several years of usage can be reduced to a few nights in a week. But do not stop using the retainer at all because the tooth is not static. From time to time the teeth can move, this is a natural event.

It is feared the teeth have changed position until the retainer is not fit anymore. How long should you use a dental brace will be determined by your doctor. Usually, the period of use of the retaining gear will be the same as the period of use of braces, but may take longer. In fact, some patients may have to use their lifelong retainer.

Do not forget to clean the retainer when brushing your teeth to prevent odor and prevent food from getting stuck and cause problems. Every day the retainer should be brushed, like brushing your teeth. You should also remember that plaque easily arises between the tooth and tooth retainer.

Chances are you will have trouble clearing the parts, but this can be more easily done if you use dental floss that has been specially designed for toothbrush. Minimum once a week can be disinfected using denture cleanser

This retainer is individual. This means that this retainer is made from the mouth mold of each patient braces.

Author Resource:- Therefore, the free retainer and not using the patient's own dental model cannot be used by the patient in the mouth. But it will only be decoration. Visit for information about braces colors. The mold of the old tooth model (more than 2 weeks), can be made a retainer but not necessarily fit if installed in the patient's mouth.
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