If you have recently had work done on your teeth, you may need retainers to keep your teeth in the right locations. For example, you may have had braces removed recently and do not want your teeth to shift back to their original locations. Caring Dental can help you keep your teeth where they need to be. Retainers can play an important role in this treatment process.
Learn more about how retainers work, and reach out to us to make an appointment. We are always available to answer any questions or concerns you might have.
Why Do My Teeth Move Back?
If you have recently used clear aligners or had braces removed, you might be wondering why your teeth would move back to the original location. There is a reason why your teeth were in the original position they were in. That is where they came in naturally. Even if they were crowded, overlapping, or in the wrong spot, that is where they wanted to be.
Using clear aligners, braces, or other procedures, we have moved your teeth into different positions to ensure they are straight. That doesn’t necessarily mean that your teeth will stay there, so you need to wear a retainer. If you do not wear one, your teeth will move back to the original spot, undoing all the hard work you have put in.
How Do Retainers Work?
Retainers work the same way that clear aligners and braces do. They keep your teeth in the right spot by using pressure. You may not necessarily wear your retainer during the day. As a result, your teeth will shift out of place gradually, even if you cannot see it in the mirror.
Then, when you put your retainer in at night, it may feel like it is a bit of a tight fit. That is because your teeth have moved slightly, creating a tight feeling between your teeth and the retainer. Then, overnight, the retainer will exert pressure on your teeth. Eventually, they will move back into the right position. You must use the retainer to keep your teeth in the right spot.
How Long Do I Need To Wear My Retainer?
First, you must understand how frequently you must wear your retainer. There is a good chance that we will fashion a lower and upper retainer for you to use at night. You do not necessarily need to wear them during the day, but you do need to put them in at night if you do not want your teeth to move.
If you happen to forget to put your retainers in one night, that is not necessarily a problem. It just means that your teeth will feel a bit tight when you put your retainer in the next evening. On the other hand, if you do not wear your retainer for a long time, you might not be able to get your retainer in your mouth anymore. If that happens, reach out to us to make an appointment. We will talk with you about your treatment options.
Call Caring Dental Today To Make an Appointment
You put in a lot of time and effort moving your teeth to the right spot. Now, you need to make sure that your teeth stay there. At Caring Dental, we would be happy to make retainers that can keep your teeth in the correct positions. Give us a call today to make an appointment.