November 22nd, 2012
After the removal of braces there is nothing more important to the patient than maintaining that wonderful new smile. Through the course of treatment that may have taken years, an orthodontic patient develops a galvanised determination to protect what braces have managed to achieve. Unfortunately, teeth have a tendency to slowly move after the removal of a brace. At Sparkle we offer a range of retainers to keep that smile wonderful.
What is a retainer?
There are two kinds of retainer, removal and fixed. They perform the exact same function by stopping the movement of the teeth and keeping them in the exact same position that the brace left them in. There are many variations of retainer, made of many different materials and perform the same function in different ways.
Removable retainers are made from either wire and hard plastic, called the Hawley retainer, are made of just hard plastic which is called the Essix retainer. These can be made for the lower or upper teeth. The upper retainer fits into the roof of the mouth and like the lower retainer, can be removed for cleaning the teeth and eating amongst other things. Sparkle Dental Boutique near Chiswick will advise which is the best retainer for each patient’s lifestyle.
Fixed retainers are made of wire and are cemented to the back of the teeth. This type of retainer can be fitted to lower or upper teeth and provides a discreet, effective treatment that ensures the smile that has been worked so hard for will last a lifetime. There could be nothing worse from a orthodontic point of view that allowing teeth to regress and return towards their original positions.
September 27th, 2012
Retainers are appliances that are used to hold the teeth in position following orthodontic treatment. There are different types of retainer and most people are advised to wear a retainer for a long period of time after treatment, to prevent relapse and ensure that the teeth hold their new position and the smile remains straight.
Fixed retainers are attached to the teeth but they are not visible because they are positioned at the back of the teeth. They are much finer than braces and resemble a fine wire. Retainers do not tend to interfere with eating or drinking and they are easy to keep clean.
Removable retainers can be made from wire and plastic or plastic alone. They should be worn for a minimum time, as set by your dentist, each day to prevent the teeth from moving. Removable retainers do have advantages because they can be taken out to clean your teeth and eat—but the success of treatment is dependent on the individual wearing the retainer for the recommended time period every day.
Keep teeth in place
The teeth have a tendency to start moving back into their original position after orthodontic treatment, so retainers are essential to hold the teeth in place and prevent relapse. If you don’t wear your retainer, you may find that all the hard work of the previous year or so goes to waste and your teeth move back into the wrong position. For more information on retainers please contact us at the Sparkle Dental Boutique near Ealing for more information.
August 20th, 2012
Nowadays it’s more and more common for people to receive orthodontic treatment to help them get a more uniform-looking smile, and improved functionality of their teeth. One of the more popular forms of treatment is braces. Many different types of braces are now available, from traditional metal braces to removable ‘invisible’ braces, but all work in the same basic way: using gentle force to push your teeth gradually into a different position. However, once treatment with braces has finished, your teeth can often, over time, move back into the position they were in originally. In order to stop this, after treatment with braces, it’s often useful to use a retainer.
So how does a retainer work?
The basic principle behind a retainer is to hold your teeth in their new position. This means that retainers can be as important a part of orthodontic treatment as braces were. Retainers can be used for your top or bottom row or teeth, or both. This means that different types of retainer are available for different treatments.
What different retainers are available?
There are two main types of retainers, removable and fixed, both made from different materials, thanks to new advances in technology. Removable retainers are used for both upper and lower teeth: the Hawley retainer is made from a combination of wire and hard plastic, while the Essix retainer is made entirely of hard plastic. Fixed retainers can also be used for your upper or lower teeth, and are composed of a wire which is sealed onto the teeth until being removed once your treatment time is over. Specialists at Sparkle Dental Boutique near Acton will be able to fit you with the type of retainer best suited to your needs, and in return you will have a beautiful smile and improved tooth function, which will last a lifetime.
January 9th, 2012
For many patients in Acton finally getting their braces removed can be an extremely exciting prospect. However, it is vital that patients have a full understanding of exactly how important the use of retainers is following treatment with braces.
To put it bluntly a retainer is imperative if a patient does not wish to have their teeth revert back to the state they were in before their treatment. This is because a person’s mouth and teeth are constantly shifting and if they are not kept in check with a retainer, they may slowly but surely move into a less than flattering position.
Although this may all sound daunting (especially if you thought you were finally rid of dental devices), retainers are absolutely nothing to be scared of. Many patients find it helpful to think of them as the ‘next stage’ in their brace treatment and are made a few weeks before the actual braces are removed, from a plastic mould of the patient’s teeth.
It is very important that a patient wears their retainer 7 days a week once they have had their braces removed. This cannot be stressed enough, as the first few months following the removal of braces are the most vital for realising how successful the treatment will be.
Eventually, a patient will be able to wear their retainer less and less during the daytime, until they are finally only required to wear it while they sleep.
Although patients might experience some mild irritation from their retainer, they are certainly not painful and will soon begin to feel comfortable and habitual. Patients can sleep soundly and will barely notice that they are wearing a retainer.
August 18th, 2011
Talk to any orthodontist and they will tell you that wearing retainers is perhaps the most important part of the orthodontic treatment process.
What are retainers?
Retainers are removable devices which are used to keep the teeth in place after orthodontic treatment. They are usually made from clear plastic and are designed to fit your mouth perfectly. Your dentist will advise you on how long you need to wear your retainer for and how often.
Why are retainers so important?
Retainers are important because they hold the teeth in place once treatment has been completed. The role of the retainer is to keep the teeth in position and maintain the healthy bite and the appearance of the smile. The jaw bone supports the teeth and the bone tissue is softer when people are younger. This allows the teeth to move more easily, which is why orthodontists prefer to carry out orthodontic treatment during the teenage years. When the fixed brace is removed the bone tissue may be relatively soft still and the retainers will help to hold the teeth in place until the bone has become denser.
If you do not wear your retainers there is a chance that your teeth will move out of position. This is sometimes known as relapse and means that all the hard work you have put into keeping your brace clean and wearing a brace for so long might have been wasted. Wearing a retainer for a set period of time each week will help to prevent relapse and enable you to show off your incredible new smile.
How long should retainers be worn?
Most dentists urge patients who have worn braces to wear a retainer for at least 12 months to ensure that their smile stays perfect. However, it is advisable to carry on wearing a retainer now and again for a longer period of time to maximise results and prevent relapse in the future. It is well-documented that Tom Cruise wears a retainer to maintain his A-list smile.
Your Ealing dentist will advise you to attend regular check-ups after treatment so remember to bring your retainers with you. This will enable them to check that the retainers still fit properly.
June 14th, 2011
Orthodontic treatment can produce incredible results but, in almost all cases, it is important to wear a retainer after your course of treatment is complete. During the treatment process, you will wear braces or an orthodontic device, which will encourage your teeth to move into the desired position. By the end of your treatment, your teeth should have moved to the correct position and you should have a beautiful, straight smile. However, your teeth may start to move after treatment is complete and wearing a retainer can help to prevent this and keep your smile looking perfect. The amount of time you have to wear a retainer will depend on your orthodontic prescription. Your dentist will discuss this with you and talk to you about wearing the retainer during the treatment process.
In some cases, retainers may be recommended for people with minor orthodontic problems, where a fixed brace is not needed. Retainers are removable orthodontic devices, which must be worn for a certain period of time throughout the day and night. If retainers are not worn for the required amount of time, the teeth may start to move and slip out of place.
Are retainers uncomfortable?
Retainers may feel a little uncomfortable to begin with but you will soon get used to it and you should find it relatively comfortable after a few days. You can take your retainer out to eat and clean your teeth and you may not need to wear it all the time. Your dentist will advise you about when to wear your retainer. If you do suffer discomfort, arrange to see your dentist.
Why is orthodontic treatment so popular?
Orthodontic treatment is very common because many people suffer from orthodontic problems. Very few people naturally have a straight set of pearly whites and recently there has been an increase in the number of treatments available and this has encouraged people to have orthodontic treatment. In the past, only Ugly Betty-style bulky ‘traintrack’ braces were available. However, today there is a range of new, innovative treatments, which can move the teeth quickly and painlessly. There are even invisible braces, which mean you can get the smile you want without anyone even realising that you are wearing braces.
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