Dental Retainers

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Even after your braces are removed, your orthodontic treatment still isn’t over! The next goal is to maintain your straight teeth and keep them looking beautiful. Once the teeth have been moved into the correct position, it will take some time for the teeth and mouth to stabilize. Dental retainers are used to help you maintain the correct positioning of your teeth.

What To Expect With Dental Retainers

At first, it may be difficult to learn how to integrate your dental retainer into your daily routine. It can also feel bulky in your mouth and make it difficult to speak at first. We promise that this is just a temporary annoyance and once your tongue adapts to the retainer, your speech will go back to normal. Additionally, your retainer can make your mouth feel a bit sore for the first few days, but this is another issue that will resolve itself as long as the retainer is continuously worn.

There are two different kinds of dental retainers, those that are removable and those that are fixed. A removable retainer is typically only worn at nighttime and can be removed when eating, caring for oral hygiene, or other daytime activities. A fixed retainer is a small metal wire placed along the backside of the teeth to prevent them from moving out of place.

Caring For Your Retainer

Below are a few tips on how to properly care for your dental retainer:

  • Make sure that your retainer is either in your mouth or in its case. Dental retainers can be very easily lost or accidentally thrown away.
  • Follow Dr. Khuni’s instructions on when to wear your retainer. This is an important step towards maintaining your new smile.
  • Clean your dental retainer once a day with warm water and a toothbrush. You may use Efferdent retainer cleaners, but please note that these do not take the place of brushing your retainer.
  • Your retainer is breakable, so please be sure to treat it with care. If your retainer has been lost or broken, please contact our office to make an appointment for a new one.

Here at Khuni Orthodontic Studio, it’s important to us that you do your best to maintain your beautiful new smile! For more information about dental retainers, please contact our Spanish Fork, Utah orthodontics office. We offer kids braces, adult braces, and Invisalign® to the patients of Spanish Fork and the surrounding region including Mapleton, Palmyra, Lake Shore, Benjamin, Springville, and Salem.

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