You and your braces or aligners have been together for a quite a while. At times, it may have seemed as if you would never be through with your treatment. You may have even thought that you would have your braces for the rest of your life. But, your treatment has come to an end! Or it will soon. And then you are done, right?
Well, not so fast. You have invested a great deal of time and money in straightening your smile, and naturally, you will want to make sure that it continues to look great and function well. Now, Dr. Chris Trockel or Dr. Martin Trockel will create a retainer for you to make sure everything stays in place.
Why Do I Have to Wear a Retainer?
Your orthodontics have done the hard work of correcting your alignment. A retainer holds your teeth and jaw ligaments in place while they settle into their new positions. Without a retainer, your teeth could slip back into their old alignments which would mean starting the entire process over again! Our orthodontists will tell you how long you will need to wear your retainer. Since everyone and every mouth is different, there is no set length of time.
How Long Will My Retainer Last?
With the proper care, your retainer can last up to ten years. Following our instructions on how to care for and store your retainer will help. Always having your case with you comes in handy if you need to take your retainer out. And remember: retainers are easy to lose, are a favorite chew toys for dogs and are expensive to replace!
Benefits of Retainers:
- You will keep the smile you have worked so hard to achieve.
- You can use your retainer as a whitening tray if you need to.
- Your retainer can do double duty as a night guard, if necessary.
- Our clear retainers are virtually unnoticeable.
If you have questions about wearing your retainer in Bixby, Glenpool, Sapulpa, Jenks, Tulsa, Broken Arrow, Owasso and Okmulgee, Oklahoma, call True Smile Orthodontics at 918-364-2222 and we will be happy to help! If you need to see us, please click the “Schedule an Appointment” button at the top of the page.