31 Jan

Five Reasons Why Retainers are So Important after Orthodontic Treatment

shutterstock_780480697If you’ve had orthodontic treatment, we strongly recommend using retainers once your braces have been removed. Here are 5 good reasons why retainers are so important for orthodontic patients:

  1. Results maintenance: if you’ve got a stunning new straight smile, the last thing you want is for the good work to be undone. Wearing retainers helps to keep the teeth in position, enabling you to enjoy the amazing results of your treatment for longer.
  2. Prevention of movement: the job of a retainer is to hold the teeth in their new position and prevent movement. If the teeth continue to move, this can affect the alignment of the arches and the bite.
  3. Lower chance of relapse: if your teeth slip once you’ve had your braces removed, this is known as relapse. By maintaining the position of the teeth, the retainer can help to prevent relapse. The outcome is a beautiful smile that will stand the test of time.
  4. Lower cost: orthodontic treatment can be expensive and if you need to have further treatment as a result of the teeth moving, the total cost of treatment could be significantly higher. Wearing retainers could help to save money in the long-term.
  5. Reduced chance of needing repeat treatment: when you’ve worn braces for months or years, you probably don’t want to think about having to wear them again. With retainers, you can dramatically reduce your chances of needing repeat treatment further down the line.

If you have any questions about retainers or you’d like more information about how they work or why you need them, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us!