Congratulations! You made it through your entire orthodontic treatment and now have a perfectly straight smile that you are proud to show off. To keep your new smile as straight as possible and to protect your investment in yourself, it is vital that you continue to wear your orthodontic retainer. Retainers are custom-made orthodontic appliances often prescribed after orthodontic treatment to keep your teeth in place after correcting and reshaping is complete. While retainers can be bothersome, it’s a small price to pay compared to the cost of braces all over again.

At Gibbs Orthodontic Associates, well-known orthodontic specialists in NYC on the Upper East Side offer the newest, high-quality permanent, fixed, and removable dental retainers.

Why It’s Important to Wear a Retainer?

Wearing a retainer is generally the last part of orthodontic treatment and your dentist will provide you with your retainer once your braces are removed or when you have finished using removable braces such as aligners. At this stage your teeth should be beautifully straight in the positions planned by your orthodontist. However, the “memory” of where your teeth used to be situated will remain. This isn’t so surprising when you consider your teeth and tooth roots will have been moved through your jawbone.

By wearing a retainer, you can ensure your teeth remain stable and in the correct positions as they settle down after treatment. Initially, your dentist may suggest you wear your retainer all the time, gradually reducing the time required until you only need to wear it overnight. This depends on whether you have a removable or fixed retainer.

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