To get that perfect smile, you need to take care of your overall oral health on a regular basis. You simply can’t create the perfect smile overnight. Isn’t? The foundation of healthy teeth is based on good drinking and eating habits and the aim to achieve healthy teeth should start at an early age.
In case you are wearing braces and the moment your braces are removed, it is indeed a moment to cherish, but to maintain your smile you need retainers to help you. A retainer is basically a customized device designed especially to keep your teeth in proper place after the braces are removed. You can remove the retainers, but it is recommended that you use them so that the teeth that have been newly aligned settle down into jawbone and soft tissue that support them.
You can wear the retainers during night or between your meals which will help your teeth hold their new place as they try to shift over a period of time on their own. This can hinder the expense and efforts put up in placing braces. It will be like back to square one.
Types of retainers
Removable retainers can easily slip out of your mouth while you are brushing your teeth or eating something. Orthodontist recommended that you wear these retainers at least for a year after the removal of your braces.
Fixed retainers remain fixed after they are cemented properly at the back of your teeth. These retainers can be worn for many years together.
Taking care of your retainer
Once you start using retainers, make sure you do not neglect its maintenance. In case you are wearing a fixed retainer, make sure you visit your dentist on a regular basis to get your teeth checked for cavities, plaque or tartar. If you are using removable retainers, you can clean them by soaking them in tablets available for denture cleaning.