What is a fixed retainer?
A fixed retainer is an orthodontic device that is bonded to the back of your teeth to keep them in their new, correct position after braces. Fixed retainers are typically made of metal or plastic and are not removable by the patient.
Why are fixed retainers important?
Although braces straighten your teeth, they are still loose and vulnerable to movement. Therefore, fixed retainers prevent your teeth from shifting back to their original position, which can cause malocclusion (misaligned teeth) and other dental problems.
How long do I need to wear a fixed retainer?
Depending on your individual needs, you will need to wear a fixed retainer for at least six months after your braces are removed. Some people may need to wear one for life.
How do I care for my fixed retainer?
To care for your fixed retainer, you should brush and floss your teeth regularly, and see your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings. You should also avoid chewing hard candy or gum, as this can damage your fixed retainer.
What are the benefits of wearing a fixed retainer?
To care for your fixed retainer:
- Brush and floss your teeth regularly to remove plaque and bacteria. This will keep your retainer and teeth clean and healthy.
- See your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings. Your dentist can check your retainer for damage and make sure it fits properly.
- Avoid chewing hard candy or gum. These can damage your retainer and make it less effective.
What are the drawbacks of wearing a fixed retainer?
Fixed retainers also have some drawbacks, including:
- Discomfort: Fixed retainers can be uncomfortable and inconvenient at first, especially when eating and speaking.
- Hygiene: Fixed retainers can make it more difficult to brush and floss your teeth, which can increase your risk of developing cavities and gum disease.
- Damage: Fixed retainers can break or detach from the teeth, requiring repair or replacement.
What should I do if my fixed retainer breaks or detaches?
If your fixed retainer breaks or detaches, you should contact your dentist immediately. They will be able to repair or replace your fixed retainer as needed.
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