All orthodontic treatments, including Six Month Braces, require retention afterwards to prevent your teeth from relapsing – or shifting back to their original position. After your teeth have been moved, the retainers will hold them in their new position until the bone and soft tissues settle and adapt. Your orthodontist or dentist will provide you with removable or bonded retainers to hold your teeth in their new and correct position so you don’t lose your investment, effort, and patience with a relapse.
Regardless of your orthodontic treatment, it’s important to take the necessary precautions to avoid relapse. For more information on the use of a retainer following your Six Month Braces treatment, continue reading.
Why should you use retainers?
Many patients are not particularly ecstatic about the recommendations for retention, especially the lifetime use of retainers. But you should keep in mind that over time, teeth can move in response to different forces, including chewing, clenching and grinding. Additionally, teeth will shift with age. This can be prevented by wearing retainers to keep your smile intact for as long as possible.
Retainers will protect your teeth from these forces and keep them straight and beautiful for as long as possible. Even more, bonded retainers are hidden behind your teeth and nearly invisible.
How long should you wear retainers?
This will depend on whether you have bonded or removable retainers, and your initial tooth alignment problems.
Removable retainers should be worn “full-time”, meaning 22-23 hours per day, for 6 to 12 months following the removal of Six Month Braces. After this period, night time retention is recommended 3 to 5 times a week for the rest of your life. Removable retainers typically last between two and ten years, but new ones can be fabricated by your dentist or orthodontist.
Bonded or permanent retainers ensure that the front teeth – the focus of Six Month Braces treatment – remain in their new position. Unlike removable retainers, bonded retainers are not visible and are attached to the inside surfaces of your teeth, eliminating the possibility of forgetting to wear a retainer. A bonded retainer will ensure that you receive the benefits of Six Month Braces for a lifetime.
To learn more about Six Month Braces and how retainers help you maintain the best results, please contact the Discovery Dental team to schedule an appointment.