The importance of orthodontic retainers

At Dr. Bostani’s Advanced Dental in Burbank, California, we recognize how important it is to have access to the latest advances in both technology and treatment options when it comes to oral health. That is why we utilize a range of orthodontic treatments to help realign the smile in a fast and effective manner. Once treatment is done, however, patients will need to ask our team about using an orthodontic retainer. There are different types of dental retainers for patients to consider after using aligners or metal bracket-and-wire braces to obtain their dream smile!

What is an orthodontic retainer?

An orthodontic retainer is a custom-designed oral appliance that can be used to maintain treatment results after braces or aligners have been used. Typically, retainers are fabricated from a transparent plastic material and fit snugly over the teeth to help prevent relapse (or shifting) after alignment. There are different types of dental retainers for patients to consider depending on their needs, including lingual, bonded, and removable retainers.

The importance of orthodontic retainers

While some patients can choose to forego wearing a retainer after orthodontic treatment, it is not recommended. The reason for this is simple: Wearing an orthodontic retainer can help you maintain your alignment results. Furthermore, retainers can be used to make minor adjustments to the alignment of your teeth if necessary. This means that they are vital to ensuring you maintain a beautiful, healthy smile after treatment is complete!

If you have any questions about maintaining your results after orthodontic treatment, be sure to talk to your dentist before you finish treatment to prepare for the use of a retainer.

Learn more about orthodontic treatments available at our practice

If you are interested in finding out more about our orthodontic services or would like to schedule an appointment at Dr. Bostani’s Advanced Dental, please call us today! We look forward to helping you achieve your best oral health at our office, conveniently located at 1601 West Burbank Boulevard in Burbank, CA. Call (818) 918-5533 to request an appointment. We proudly serve patients in and around the communities of Valley Village, Sun Valley, Studio City, Toluca Lake, and beyond!