This is important to understand. RETAINERS ARE FOR LIFE!!!!! When you come into our office, you have a specific problem we address and by the time you are finished, your teeth are fixed. However, you are not a wall! You are a constantly changing biological person. As you get older, your body is constantly changing. Your hair changes, your skin changes and your bone changes. Unfortunately, your teeth are held in place by the bone that is changing. Your teeth will move with the moving bone. A retainer holds the teeth in place and allows the bone to change AROUND them. A retainer maintains your correction.
Your teeth are most likely to move in the first six months following treatment. For this reason, our orthodontist, Dr. Michele Renick, may recommend full-time wear for the first six months and then you can go to nighttime wear. Any time your retainers start feeling “tight”, it means that your teeth are starting to shift, and you need to wear them more often. You become your own watchdog to keeping your teeth looking great!
What is the best kind of retainer? It is the one you will wear! You can learn more about our alternative treatments and get information about retainers in Sunbury and Westerville, Ohio, by following the links below.
If you are thinking about getting braces for yourself or your child call Renick Orthodontics at 740-936-5003 to plan your visit with Dr. Renick.