A dental retainer is a custom-made orthodontic appliance used to keep teeth in place after dental braces are removed. Once your braces come off, your teeth need to settle into the jawbone and soft tissue that hold them in place. Made of wire and plastic or rubber, retainers keep your teeth from wandering and wasting thousands of dollars worth of orthodontic work! Teeth can also shift over time, making wearing a retainer even more important.
Wearing a retainer is especially important for children and teens, whose jaws are still developing. Dentists usually recommend wearing a retainer until your jaw stops growing, which is normally in the early 20s. That may seem like a long time, but the longer you wear your retainer, the better your chances of maintaining a perfect smile!
For more information about the importance of orthodontic retainers, contact Highland Family Dentistry at 618-882-6405.