MARKHAM, ON, March 26, 2013 /CNW/ - Orthodontics patients are overjoyed
when their braces are taken off. But the process doesn't end there for
Markham residents who've worn braces. To maintain their smiles, a
retainer must also be used.
"A retainer is worn to continue to hold the teeth in their new
position," says Dr. Arun Rajasekaran whose Markham office provides
standard metal and invisible braces as well as Invisalign retainers. "The periodontal ligaments can take several months to
remember their new place. Failing to wear a retainer as recommended by
an orthodontist can cause a patient's teeth to shift and undo the hard
work they gained through wearing braces."
Both children and adults will be advised by their orthodontist on the
proper use and length of time to wear a retainer. Some orthodontists
may ask their patients to only wear the retainer at night, while others
may advise its wear around the clock.
"Braces need quite a commitment from the patients," says Dr.
Rajasekaran, who is a Markham orthodontist. "In addition to taking extra care of their teeth, patients have to
avoid some of their favorite foods for many months. Forgetting to wear
a retainer can undo all of that hard work."
There are different types of retainers orthodontists may recommend. An
Essix retainer is a clear, plastic retainer placed on the top teeth
within days of braces being removed. Fixed retainers are positioned behind the lower or upper
teeth with a wire that is permanently bonded to the teeth. A wire
retainer is removable and holds teeth in place. It will need minor
adjustments every few months for the first year and then yearly after
Orthodontists will also advise patients on how to properly clean and
care for their retainer. The retainer should be brushed with a
toothbrush and toothpaste to prevent bacteria from building up and kept
in a case when not worn.
Pressure on certain teeth and even soreness are normal to experience
when a retainer is first worn, but should subside within a few days.
However, if pain continues or worsens, the patient should immediately
consult his orthodontist.
Learn more about Liberty Orthodontic Centre and their services by
visiting www.LibertyOrtho.ca. To schedule your orthodontic consultation please call 905-948-8556.
About Liberty Orthodontic Centre
Dr. Arun Rajasekaran and Liberty Orthodontic Centre provide quality
orthodontics and dental health care for children, teens, and adults in
the Markham area.
SOURCE: Liberty Orthodontic Centre
For further information:
Learn more about Liberty Orthodontic Centre and their services by visiting www.LibertyOrtho.ca. To schedule your orthodontic consultation please call 905-948-8556.