Bonded lingual retainers / orthodontic retention provide an adequate means of maintaining anterior tooth position relatively independent of patient cooperation. These retainers may be considered by Dr. Yang for patients with a variety of clinical indications as well as contraindications. The advantages to doctors and patients of Fixed Lingual Retainers are many and include: Aesthetic and invisible appliance, Effective retention applied 24/7 (patient compliance), Cannot be misplaced or inadvertently destroyed, No interference with normal activities like sports or musical instruments.
What is a retainer and when is it used?
A retainer is a customized orthodontic appliance designed to maintain straightened teeth in the proper position. Retainers are used as the last phase of treatment to prevent teeth from shifting once the dental braces are removed.
How long will I need to wear a retainer?
The length of time that a retainer is required may vary, but usually is at least for the first three months to one year after braces are removed. Depending on your individual dental needs, Dr. Yang may recommend that you continue using the retainer daily or he may recommend that you wear it only at night. Once that phase is complete, you may be asked to simply wear the appliance one night per week to ensure your teeth maintain their healthy, new position.
What happens if I don’t wear the retainer?
If you don’t wear the retainer as indicated by Dr. Yang, your teeth may gradually move back to their old, improper position. If this happens, you would need to begin the process over again beginning with braces. If patients aren’t able to commit to reliable daily use of the retainer, a bonded or fixed lingual retainer is a great option. Because this lingual retainer is fixed in place, it mitigates any risk of the patient losing the retainer. In addition, this type of retainer minimizes any interference to patients who play sports or musical instruments.
How do I eat with a retainer?
You don’t! You can carefully remove your retainer, setting it in a specially designed container to keep it clean and safe. Once you’ve finished eating, it’s best to clean your mouth and the retainer before placing in your mouth again.
How should I clean the retainer?
We recommend that you thoroughly clean your retainer at least once a day with a toothbrush, toothpaste as well as Efferdent® to remove food, bacteria, and plaque. Use warm but not hot water and be sure to rinse well.
What else should I know about taking care of my retainer?
> Be careful with your retainer around pets! They may think it’s a toy and start chewing on it.
> Avoid swimming with your retainer.
> Whenever you’re not using the retainer, keep it clean and safe in its case.
> Keep your retainer away from heat, including washing machines, hot liquids, stovetops, heaters, pockets, heating pads, and car dashboards.
> Bring your retainer to each orthodontic appointment.
If you think that you or a family member may need braces or a retainer to treat improper alignment, you can contact Dr. Yang at SmilingYangs Orthodontics for an orthodontic appointment. Dr. Yang will perform a comprehensive evaluation, discuss your diagnosis, and work with you to determine the optimal treatment.
Since 1998, USC and Harvard – trained Orthodontist Dr. James T. Yang, B.D.S., D.D.S., D.M.Sc. has provided state-of-the-art orthodontic care and service to the South Florida community. SmilingYangs Orthodontics, opened in 1998, is dedicated to providing excellent orthodontic care, treating each patient with respect and professionalism. Dr. Yang and his talented team at SmilingYangs Orthodontics take pride in their office atmosphere: a friendly, comfortable environment with courteous, attentive, and punctual staff members. Learn more about SmilingYangs Orthodontics and their excellent patient reviews at www.smilingyangs.com or call (954) 623-8446 to schedule an appointment today.
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