By Suter Orthodontics
March 13, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: retainer  

Find out why your child will need to wear their retainer regularly after orthodontic treatment.

It’s an exciting day when your child finally gets their braces off. After all, they now have a straight smile; however, before you start retainercelebrating there is one key fact you shouldn’t forget. Our Colorado Springs, CO, orthodontist Dr. Scott Suter will create a retainer for your child to wear after having their braces removed.

Why does my child need a retainer?

A lot of parents are under the assumption that once braces come off that their child’s smile will just remain straight; however, this isn’t exactly true. The job of braces is to shift your child’s teeth into the proper alignment but once the braces are removed our Colorado Springs orthodontist will then provide your child with a retainer, a removable orthodontic appliance made either from metal or plastic that will prevent teeth from drifting back to where they were prior to getting braces.

Retainers will be custom-made to fit your child’s mouth so that it provides just the perfect amount of pressure to retain your child’s new smile. Before getting a retainer we will discuss the type of retainer we will provide your child, as well as how often they will need to wear it.

Will my child always wear a retainer?

There are many factors that go into deciding just how long your child will need to wear their retainer. It’s important to understand that unlike braces, retainers do not need to be worn all the time in order to preserve your child’s smile. On average, a retainer is usually worn for the next 3-6 months after orthodontic treatment.

Once teeth have begun to stabilize in their new position then your child will only need to wear their retainer at night while asleep. If your child stops wearing their retainer altogether expect their teeth to shift back gradually over time.

Do you have questions about your child’s orthodontic treatment? Is it time to sit down and discuss getting a retainer? If so, then call the dental experts at Suter Orthodontics in Colorado Springs, CO.

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