Before the day of your appointment, you may appreciate this glimpse into what your first appointment will look like.
Your teeth are almost constantly on the move. Over time, they naturally try towards the front of your mouth and this can result in crowding and other alignment issues. Although braces and clear aligners like Invisalign® could reverse such issues, your teeth will not stay in their new alignment without some reinforcement.
Retainers are custom-made orthodontic appliances that you wear to maintain your new tooth alignment after the braces come off. Retainers are recommended for almost every orthodontic patient of every age. Kids, teenagers and adults who finish a course of treatment in braces will need to wear retainers afterwards.
Retainers come in two main types: fixed and removable.
A fixed retainer usually consists of a wire that is cemented to the back of several of your teeth. This stabilises them and prevents the other teeth from drifting forwards. This kind of retainer is very discreet because it cannot be seen from the outside when you smile.
Removable retainers are often made of metal and acrylic, but some that are made from a clear metal-free material resemble Invisalign® aligners. These retainers are not attached to your teeth so you can take them when you brush your teeth or eat.
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