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Orthodontic Retainers


Dental Town patient with a retainer
Retainers are an important part of orthodontic treatment. If you have orthodontic braces right now to straighten crooked teeth, your orthodontist probably informed you about the need for retainers.

If you currently do not have braces, but will need them in the future, you need to know a few things about retainers.

The doctors at Dental Town (locations in Alpharetta, Cumming, and Johns Creek) are here to provide some basic information regarding orthodontic retainers. Please continue reading to learn more.


? What are retainers?

After orthodontic treatment, a custom-made retainer will be made to fit tightly and securely in your mouth. Wearing a retainer will hold the teeth into the straightened position, and will help to prevent further shifting in the future.

? What are Retainers Made of?

Retainers are typically made from a medical-grade, hard, clear plastic. Sometimes metal is used, depending on the type of retainer needed for each patient.

? Does Every Orthodontic Patient Wear a Retainer?

Almost every orthodontic patient will need to wear a retainer after braces have been removed. When the braces are removed, your teeth will be professionally cleaned before we fit you for a customized retainer.

? How Often Do You Need to Wear a Retainer?

That answer can be different for each patient. Some people need to wear retainers only at night. But don’t forget that most retainers nowadays are removable, which means you take it out of your mouth when needed.

Towards the end of your treatment, we will talk to you about how often you will need to wear the retainer. We will also give you instructions on how to clean the retainer.

? What Should You Do Now?

The last thing you want, especially after you’ve spent the past 4 years with metal braces, is your teeth to shift back into a crooked, uneven position. The way to prevent this from happening is to wear a orthodontic retainer.

If you are interested in learning more about orthodontic retainers, or if you have questions, call one of our office locations nearest you. We can schedule a consultation appointment, if needed.

We look forward to meeting you and your family.