There are two types of retainers -- removable and fixed. Both types are fitted to the roof of your mouth and usually have a wire that fits across your teeth. The wire helps maintain your straightened teeth. Some retainers are made of clear material and are less noticeable. If you know anyone who’s worn braces, and they have them removed, but it looks like they’re still wearing some kind of orthodontic appliance, it’s probably a retainer. Retainers are the “insurance” on your teeth-straightening treatment, meaning they keep your teeth from returning to their original position after your braces are removed.
Dr. Frankenberry understands the commitment of time you made to straighten your teeth using the treatment plan she designed for you. To make sure your teeth remain straight, you’ll be fitted with a retainer. The retainer holds your teeth in place to prevent them from shifting back into their pre-braces position.
The amount of time retainers are needed varies, and Dr. Frankenberry will give you specific instructions on how long and how often you have to wear yours. If you wear it according to her instructions, your teeth will maintain their new positions. When your teeth show no movement for a period, Dr. Frankenberry may allow you to wear the retainer less and less often.
Retainers can be fixed, or they can be removable, but both types are customized, so they fit your mouth perfectly. Dr. Frankenberry is especially concerned about patient comfort, so your retainer shouldn’t affect the way you speak, and it shouldn’t be uncomfortable. Whether you have a removable retainer or a fixed one, always check with Dr. Frankenberry if your retainer is causing discomfort. Let her know if you have questions about whether you should remove your retainer to eat, or if certain types of food should be avoided when eating while wearing your fixed retainer.
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