Plastic Surgery


What is the Retainers?

Holding the correction is a very important part of any orthodontic treatment plan and retainers are used to maintain tooth alignment after treatment is completed.

Future tooth movement can occur due to several reasons:
- as the teeth stabilise in their new positions;
- a tendency for some teeth to try to return to their previous position;
- facial growth which causes different pressures to act on the teeth;
- part of the aging process.

The use of retainers helps prevent this unwanted tooth movement from happening.

What are the types of Retainers?

Retainers may be either removable or fixed:

- removable retainers are usually pressure formed clear plastic shells which are worn 12 hours a day for the first few months reducing to 2 or 3 nights a week on a long term basis (i.e. years and years);

- fixed retainers consist of a small piece of wire invisibly bonded to the inside of the front teeth (mainly the lowers). These remain in place for years and years.

Often both types of retention are used together.

What kind of result can you expect?

Recovery period and recommendations

Possible side effects and complications

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