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Retainer reality for kids and teens

So, your teenager has done their time wearing braces and finally a gorgeous new smile is revealed. Now they must join the retainer club. Here's all you need to know thanks to Smile 101 in Guilford.

Dental health, retainers for kids and teens

The journey to getting and keeping a straight smile does not end when the braces come off. It’s true there will be no more painful adjustments, no more elastic bands and corn on the cob and popcorn are now back on the menu.

But it’s time to meet ‘the retainer’!

Retainers are essential to keep teeth straight after braces.

Many people thing retainers are a non-essential part of their orthodontic treatment. But we are hear to tell you – loud and clearly – they are not. teeth will move later in life if they’re not secured with retainers, especially when wisdom teeth push through in the late teens and early 20s.

Can retainers move my teeth?

Dental health, retainers for kids and teens

The short answer is no! Retainers actually do the opposite – it’s the job of the retainer to simply hold your teeth in their new, super straight position.

How fast do teeth move after braces come off?

When the braces come off, your teeth, jawbones and gums are already adjusting to their new position. This means they’re still “recovering” from the force which led to their realignment – and they will quickly move back if a barrier is not used to prevent them from moving. If you don’t use retainers, your teeth will eventually return to their old positions.

What are the choices

Dental health, retainers for kids and teens

The good news is there are choices – so finding the right retainer is fairly easy.

  • Vivera Retainers by Invisalign: These are clear removable retainers and a one of the most popular choices. They’re strong, durable and contoured to the the teeth.
  • Essix Retainers: Another sturdy retainer – and a good choice for comfortable night-time wear. They’re also clear.
  • Bonded Retainers: These retainers are fitted to the back of the teeth by a thin wire after braces are removed. They are designed to hold the teeth in the exact position of a long period of time.

Smile 101 Orthodontic Centre offers a range of the latest technology including invisible orthodontic braces, for adults, teenagers and children. Find out more during a free virtual consultation.

Smile 101 Orthodontic Centre, 57 Quarry Street, Guildford, GU1 3UA.

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