Retainer Wear Explained for Markham Orthodontics Patients

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 that.

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.

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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.

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