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, retainers keep your teeth from wandering and they help maintain the corrective effect of your braces. 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. Regardless of age, dentists usually recommend continuing wearing the retainer in order to maintain the beautiful smile you have worked so hard to get!
For more information about the importance of orthodontic retainers, contact West Bell Dental Care at 480-676-4318.