15 Jul What’s a retainer?
What’s a Retainer?
Retainers are really common. In fact, most people (kids and adults) who have braces have to wear a retainer for at least a little while after getting their braces taken off.
Why Do I Need to Wear a Retainer?
You might need a retainer for a few reasons. The most common reason is to help your teeth stay set in their new positions after wearing braces. After your braces are removed, your orthodontist will fit you for a retainer and tell you how long to wear it and when.
Getting Fitted for and Wearing a Retainer
This is the easy part. Your orthodontist will fit you for the retainer using a material known as alginate. It’s a chewy, chalky kind of thick liquid that makes a mould of your teeth when you sink them into it. The fitting process is fast, painless, and doesn’t even taste bad. Its looks and feels just like an Invisalign aligner.
Caring for Your Retainer
Retainers live in your mouth along with bacteria, plaque, and leftover food particles. You should clean your retainer every day, but make sure to check with Your Smile Specialist about how your retainer should be cleaned.
Because the plastic of your retainer can crack if it gets too dry, you should always soak it when it isn’t in your mouth. Plastic can warp easily, so don’t put it in hot water or leave it near a heat source — like on your radiator, for example.