So you’ve had your braces off for a while, and you’re considering taking off your old bonded retainer. Or maybe your retainer has fallen off and you’re wondering whether or not it’s worth it to have it put back into place. Perhaps you’ve even considered having it off since it’s difficult to keep clean. If any of these circumstances apply to you, then it’s important to know these 3 reasons why you should consider keeping a bonded retainer in your mouth.
#1: Your teeth will almost always shift out of place if you have the retainer removed (or if it falls off.)
Nearly every patient that has his or her bonded retainer fall off will experience a bounce-back in tooth positioning. It won’t evident immediately, but within a few weeks most people will see it happening. If left alone, those teeth can become severely crowded once again due to the natural midline shifting that occurs as we age.
#2: You don’t have to remember to wear a bonded retainer, and you won’t worry about misplacing it.
Not wearing a retainer regularly allows teeth to move and shift. Many people with removable retainers will lose or misplace them, forgetting about having a new one made until teeth have shifted too far out of place. A new course of orthodontics may be needed to help return teeth to their proper position.
#3: Almost everyone gets tartar buildup on the lower front teeth, whether or not they have a retainer in that area.
There’s a saliva gland just below the front of your tongue that encourages mineral deposits on the teeth. Even though keeping a retainer clean is more difficult, people with great oral hygiene will almost always have a small amount of tartar in this area regardless of whether or not there’s a retainer present. Modern oral hygiene aids like floss threaders, water flossers and electric toothbrushes make cleaning bonded retainers fairly easy to do.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Brett Gluck
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