After completion of active orthodontic treatment, every patient needs retainers to ensure long-term stability. Retainers are customized for each patient. At Lai Orthodontics, we offer the following retainers:
Do I really need retainers after treatment?
YES. Every orthodontic patient needs to wear retainers after orthodontic treatment (for both Invisalign and braces).
Wearing retainers is just as important as doing the active orthodontic treatment.
Teeth are constantly moving throughout our lifetime. Teeth are connected to jaw bone through periodontal ligaments, which help teeth to buffer the pressure coming from all heavy chewing and biting forces from our daily life.Teeth are not tightly screwed to the jaw bone. This is why orthodontic forces can make teeth to move. This is why after the orthodontic treatment is completed, teeth are still moving by nature. Fortunately most natural movement is very slow and in small amount which is why consistent retainer wearing can help maintain the result of your orthodontic treatment.
We recommend patients to wear removable retainers full time (16-20 hours/day) for 6-12 months after treatment completed and nightly for 8-10 hours/day thereafter. Patient should take out retainers when eating and brushing teeth.
Bonded retainers can be more reliable for retention than removable retainers; However cleaning thoroughly around the bonded retainer can be difficult and it can compromised the health of teeth and gum if teeth and gum are not cleaned well.