Your journey to a perfect smile may have started with braces or another orthodontic treatment to straighten teeth, but it doesn’t end once those braces are removed. This is where retainers play a crucial role. Grasping the significance of proper oral appliance care is crucial to maintaining that flawless grin. At Ola Fresh Dental, we’re not just industry professionals; we’re passionate about ensuring your smile remains pristine for a lifetime.
Once your braces are off, there’s a tendency for the teeth to shift back to their original positions, especially during the first few months. Retainers are custom fit devices that are typically prescribed by orthodontists to keep the upper and lower teeth in place post-treatment. Wearing one ensures that all the time, effort, and resources put into straightening your teeth don’t go to waste. In short, a retainer keeps your teeth in their ideal position.
Types of Retainers
Hawley Retainers: Recognizable by their metal wire and acrylic frame, these retainers are durable and can be adjusted as needed. They are removable, which means you can take them out to brush and floss.
Removable Retainers: Made of clear plastic, these retainers are nearly invisible. They are custom fit for the shape of your teeth.
Permanent Retainers: Also known as bonded or fixed retainers, they consist of a metal wire that’s glued to the backside of your upper and/or lower teeth. These are particularly useful for those who might forget to wear the retainer as prescribed.
It’s imperative to wear the retainer full time, especially immediately after orthodontic treatment, to prevent teeth from shifting. Over time, your dentist or orthodontist might reduce the wear time.
Maintenance of Retainers
Bacteria can grow on retainers just as they can on your teeth. A neglected retainer can contribute to oral health issues. Cleaning your retainer should be part of your daily oral hygiene routine.
Brush and Floss: It’s not enough to just brush and floss your teeth. Your retainers, especially wire retainers, need to be cleaned daily to prevent plaque build-up and bacterial growth.
Use Professional Strength Cleansers: With Ola Fresh Dental’s specialized dental appliance cleanser, you get the assurance of professional results from the comfort of your home. Our cleanser ensures your retainer remains bacteria-free, preventing unwanted smells and tastes.
Regular Checkups: Whether you have permanent retainers or removable ones, regular checkups with your orthodontist will ensure they’re doing their job correctly.
Why Ola Fresh Dental?
A smile is a precious asset, and its upkeep requires the best in the industry. At Ola Fresh Dental, our three-generation deep expertise in the dental industry has allowed us to create products that cater specifically to the needs of dental appliance users. We understand the importance of maintaining the cleanliness of your dental appliances, as it directly impacts the health of your smile.
Our family is indeed obsessed with making people smile, and we believe that well-maintained dental appliances play a significant part in that. With our cleansers, you not only maintain the integrity of your retainers but ensure your smile remains as radiant as ever.
Your journey to a dazzling smile might have started with an orthodontic treatment, but its longevity is ensured by a retainer. Taking the right steps to maintain your smile with the help of Ola Fresh Dental will ensure that your teeth remain in their best possible position, giving you a reason to smile confidently for years to come.