Orthodontic treatment is like a relay. Braces represent the first, second and third runner of a relay. Braces need to keep the correct pace to ensure that your teeth properly shift and cause little discomfort. Do you know why the last runner is so important to the outcome of a relay race? Well, the first runner (the braces) gets the head start, and the last runner needs to make sure to get or stay in first place. Your retainer is like that last runner.
What is a retainer?
A retainer is made up of plastic and/or metal, and a dentist will use a mold to custom make the retainer, so it matches your teeth’s new position. It’s very important to wear a retainer after braces because teeth can still shift. A retainer supports the new bite and function of your teeth, which helps your teeth become accustomed to staying in place.
Please remember to wear your retainer as instructed by your orthodontist. If you don’t follow instructions and you don’t wear your retainer, you increase your chances of your teeth shifting, again. It ends up defeating the purpose of braces. So let your retainer be the last leg of your race to a better smile!
As long as Dr. Weber, orthodontist in Parkville, MO, handles your braces in Kansas City, you and your teeth will cross the finish line as winners. Do you live in Kansas City? Braces and Invisalign are available at Dr. Weber’s practice.