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The Importance of Retainers in Orthodontic Treatment: Insights from Blooming Braces in Orthodontics Bloomingdale | 60108 Orthodontics

Orthodontic treatment, whether with traditional braces or aligners, is a journey toward achieving a straighter smile and a harmonious bite. However, the journey doesn’t end when the braces come off or the final aligner is worn. At Blooming Braces, we emphasize the crucial role of orthodontic retainers in maintaining the results you’ve worked hard to achieve.

Understanding How Orthodontic Retainers Work

After braces or aligners have shifted your teeth into their new positions, the retention phase becomes essential. During this phase, bone around the teeth needs time to harden to secure them in their new alignment. Orthodontic retainers play a pivotal role in maintaining this alignment over time.

Types of Orthodontic Retainers

Our orthodontists typically recommend one of three types of retainers tailored to your treatment plan:

  1. Traditional Retainers: These removable appliances consist of acrylic and a wire arch that sits on the front of the teeth.
  2. Clear Retainers: Made of transparent plastic, these removable trays fit snugly over the teeth.
  3. Bonded Retainers: Also known as permanent retainers, these wires are fixed to the lingual (tongue) side of the teeth and may be worn for extended periods.

Your orthodontist will determine the most suitable retainer option for you. If your retainer is removable, adherence to wearing it as directed is crucial, especially immediately after active treatment.

Maintaining Your Retainer’s Hygiene

Proper care and cleaning are imperative for retaining the effectiveness and hygiene of your retainer. When not in use, store your retainer in its case to prevent bacterial buildup. For removable retainers, use a wet toothbrush to clean them thoroughly, ensuring to rinse them before reinsertion. Additionally, follow our recommended disinfection procedures for regular maintenance.

Bonded retainers require diligent oral hygiene practices similar to braces, including twice-daily brushing and flossing to clean all interdental surfaces effectively.

Contact Blooming Braces for Retainer Care and Support

If you have any questions regarding your retainer or if it becomes lost or damaged, don’t hesitate to reach out to our office. We’re here to provide guidance and support throughout your orthodontic journey.

At Blooming Braces in Orthodontics Bloomingdale, we’re committed to ensuring your smile remains beautifully aligned long after your orthodontic treatment concludes. Schedule a consultation today to learn more about retainer care and maintenance.

Blooming Braces
Phone: (630) 924-0800
125 S Bloomingdale Rd
Bloomingdale, IL 60108

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Orthodontist in Bloomingdale
125 S. Bloomingdale Rd.
Bloomingdale, IL 60108