Posts for: August, 2017

By Suter Orthodontics
August 14, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   retainers  

Retainers are common. Most people who have braces have to wear a retainer after getting their braces taken off. A common reason dental retainerpeople wear retainers is to help their teeth stay set in their new positions after wearing dental braces. Dr. Scott Suter of Suter Orthodontics, which is located in Colorado Springs, CO, offers a variety of retainers to his patients. Read on to find out why retainers are so important.

What's a Dental Retainer?

A dental retainer is a piece of metal and plastic that is custom-made for each person who needs one. It fits the top of the teeth and mouth. These devices help to prevent teeth shifting, which occurs naturally. These devices are worn for a period of time that is specified by your orthodontist. Also, advances have made it possible for the wearer to be much more comfortable than in years past.

No two dental retainers are the same, even though many look alike. Some dental retainers are fixed — meaning they can only be removed only by your orthodontist — and some can be removed. While dental retainers were once rather bulky and uncomfortable, the new models of today are often hard to detect. 

Why Do I Need to Wear a Retainer?

You might need a dental retainer for a few reasons. One common reason is to help your teeth stay set in their new positions after wearing dental braces. It's important to wear your dental retainer because otherwise, your teeth will begin to shift. The dental retainer helps to hold your teeth in place in their new positions. Other people may wear dental retainers to move one tooth or close a space between their teeth.

Dental retainers can help with many problems besides shifting teeth. Sometimes dental retainers are used to help a medical problem. For instance, some individuals have a tongue thrust (a condition where their tongue sneaks through their teeth when they speak). The dental retainers keep their tongue from going forward in between their teeth when they talk.

Dental retainers are also used to help patients with temporomandibular disorder (TMD). This disorder is usually a result of a bite problem (the teeth don't fit together properly when the jaw is closed). The device can help by preventing the patient's mouth from closing completely at night, which keeps them from grinding their teeth.

Now is the perfect time... to make a wise decision. If you need a dental retainer, why wait? We can help you today! Call Suter Orthodontics at 719-550-0222 right now to schedule an appointment in Colorado Springs, CO.