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Orthodontic Retainers

Retainers are used to hold and maintain teeth in their new fixed positions following orthodontic treatment. Some pressure and soreness may be experienced for the first few days of wearing a retainer, but the discomfort soon fades.

What does a retainer do?

Once orthodontic treatment is complete, your bite will not be fully stabilized at first and the bone surrounding your teeth will not be fully organized. Because of this, the chances your teeth will revert to their original, improper position are high. Your teeth need time to stabilize into their new position.

A retainer will help teeth maintain their new adjusted positioning. Depending on the type of retainer used, some may be a removable appliance or a fixed wire bonded to the back of your front teeth.

How long must I wear a retainer?

Depending on the specifics your case, retainer use may be required each night as you sleep. In some cases, retainers may need to be worn during the daytime as well. The needed timeframe for retainer use may also vary depending on your specific case. Some people may need to wear a retainer for several years; some may not require that length of time. Some patients may need to wear a fixed or removable retainer the rest of their lives.

Orthodontic Services in O'Fallon, MO and Highland, IL

Creative Smiles at Winghaven

3011 Winghaven Blvd.
O'Fallon, Missouri 63368
636-561-6035

Smile Design Dental Center

1338 Sunburst Drive
O'Fallon, Missouri 63366
636-272-3503

Highland Family Dentistry

12605 Troxler Avenue
Highland, Illinois 62249
618-882-6405

Deer Creek Dental

2941 Highway K
O'Fallon, Missouri 63368
636-240-0115