You’ve gone through treatment with clear braces, and this morning is what you hope will be your last appointment. You were diligent about wearing your aligners, your teeth look better than they have in years, and you’re thrilled with your new smile.
Congratulations! Since orthodontic treatment is a lifelong commitment, whether you spent years in metal braces or months in clear aligners, now that your teeth are nice and straight you need to wear a retainer to keep them that way.
Why You Need a Retainer
Orthodontics can reposition teeth because ligaments are one of their supporting structures and allow some movement of the tooth roots. Braces put pressure on your teeth to gently push them to one side while stretching the ligaments and building up new bone to fill the space on the other side.
But the potential for movement of your teeth is always there, so a retainer is needed to maintain their position and prevent them from relapsing back into their original crooked state.
You invested a lot of time and effort while you were wearing your aligners, so the last thing you want is to have to repeat the process in the future. Many, many adults today seek treatment because they neglected to wear their retainer as instructed by their dentist.
Call Saticoy Plaza Dentistry to Arrange a Consultation
Whether you’re seeking treatment for the first time or want to fix relapsed teeth, Dr. Daniel Bacquet offers clear braces in the 91406 area and will be happy to meet with you to answer your questions and discuss your concerns.
He will explain everything you need to know about orthodontic treatment with aligners and perform an evaluation to determine if you are a good candidate. If you’re unhappy with crooked or crowded teeth that mar your smile, please call our Van Nuys dental office to arrange an appointment.