The Importance of a Straight Smile

Have you ever worn a retainer? It may seem like an annoying piece of dental equipment to put into your child’s mouth, but many benefits come with their use. If you are not familiar with why this small plastic and metal dental appliance can make all the difference in your child’s life, we will quickly cover the features and benefits of it in the passages below.

Let’s start by explaining that a retainer is an orthodontic device that is custom fit for the mouth of the individual who will wear it. There are several reasons for wearing a retainer. The main reason is to maintain the new position of the teeth after wearing braces. Although it is unlikely, some patients can skip the experience of a retainer all together.

In other situations, children wear retainers to close a gap or space of a single tooth that needs alignment; this is a situation where braces are not required which will save time and money.

Retainers can help many mouth problems besides shifting teeth. In some instances, they can help medical issues such as tongue thrust; this is when you have difficulty speaking due to the alignment of your jawline.

These retainers are known as tongue cage retainers which are designed to hang bars down from the roof of your mouth; this can be embarrassing in some situations for children which is why preventative measures have been taken to make them more stylish and acceptable.

To make them more fun for young people manufacturers have created the retainers to have a wide variety of colors to distract the children from the bands and wireframes. Choosing the color makes the child feel like they are more involved in the process of their treatment.

Getting fitted for and wearing a retainer is simple and straightforward. All the child needs to do is bite lightly down on a malleable material known as alginate. It is a thick liquid that makes a mold around the unique shape of the child’s mouth.

There are two main varieties of retainers, removable and fixed. Removable retainers can quickly be taken out before and after meals as well as removed for cleaning. Fixed retainers are worn full time for about a year, depending on the dental circumstances.

It is essential that when you do receive a retainer that you maintain it properly to ensure optimal hygiene. A great way to do this is to soak them in denture cleaning solutions, vinegar or water.

Ultimately although a retainer may be an annoying, it is necessary in many situations to ensure a beautiful straight smile well into adulthood alleviating the need for adult orthodontic appliances use.