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Retainer

Retainers are usually fabricated by the orthodontist or general dentist who performed the orthodontic treatment. This is customarily done by taking a mold, or impression, of the newly straightened teeth and fabricating the retainer out of wire and/or acrylic material.



Orthodontist Treatment is often a part of a comprehensive dental health care plan. With good care, including orthodontic treatment when necessary, teeth can last a lifetime.



Treatment in children or teenagers who are still growing may yield results that may not be possible once the face and jaws have completed their growth. A healthy bite is as important at age 60 as it is at age 16. Even though adults are no longer growing, they can also enjoy improvements that come from orthodontic treatment. Your age is not a consideration for orthodontic treatment. Healthy teeth can be moved at any age. Orthodontic treatment is a smart investment, in your dental, physical and emotional health.

When to see an orthodontist??

If you recognize any of these signs in your child or yourself, it might be time to schedule a consultation with an orthodontist

  • Common bite problems

If your jaws don't line up, your teeth don't close properly. The same is true if your teeth are turned, crowded or missing. Bite problems fall into three classes of malocclusion. Other bite problems can also occur, either on their own or along with a malocclusion.

Dental braces (also known as braces, orthodontic braces) are devices used in orthodontics that align and straighten teeth and help to position them with regard to a person's bite, while also working to improve dental health. Braces can be either cosmetic or structural. Dental braces are often used in conjunction with other orthodontic appliances to help widen the palate or jaws and to otherwise assist in shaping the teeth and jaws.

A variety of orthodontic appliances are available today, thanks to on-going research in orthodontics. Options include traditional metal braces, tooth-coloured braces, braces that go behind the teeth and other devices that do not need braces at all.

There are two types of Retainer

The fixed type of retainer is usually a thin wire worn across the back of the lower or upper front teeth, which is bonded in place with a cement similar to that applied on the brackets of braces. Despite the fact that this type of retainer takes a little more work to keep clean, it has the best outcome because the bonded wire will hold the newly straightened teeth.

The removable type of retainer is usually a combination of a wire going across the front of the lower or upper front teeth held in place with a combination of acrylic material and hooks (or clasps) that insert in and around the back teeth to hold the retainer in place.

Disadvantage :

  • The obvious disadvantage of a removable retainer after braces is the fact that it can be lost or damaged and can even melt or change shape if it is exposed to high heat.
  • It is also very important not to leave the retainer lying around the house since pets love to chew them!
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