Many people may need a retainer at some point in their life. This is not as daunting as it sounds! Our orthodontist may recommend a retainer regardless of whether you have had braces or Invisalign. Retainers can be used to correct a misaligned bite or keep your teeth straight. Most dentists will suggest a retainer that can be removed. For more severe issues a permanent retainer or surgical options are available. 

We’ve gathered the information you need to make sure that you’re choosing the best possible option for your smile. 

If you have further questions about getting a retainer, it is always recommended that you speak with a Marlton orthodontist to find out more about the work they do and the benefits that come with this particular oral device.

What is a Retainer?

A retainer is a custom-made device that works to keep the teeth in place. This is usually given after you’ve had braces to correct alignment or bite issues, as teeth have a tendency to move back out of place. The retainer helps to ensure that they remain straight. 

After wearing braces, teeth will have to be kept in their new place for up to six months by using the retainer. Then the retainer has to be worn for the rest of your life, but only at night, to keep them in the same position. 

The Types of Retainers

There are two different types of retainers that can be used in individuals: fixed, permanent retainers and removable retainers. Permanent retainers can be harder to clean around, are placed on those that do not want braces, and can sometimes be a hassle. Removable retainers are used in those that have had braces in the past and do not want their teeth to go back to a crooked position. They should be replaced every so often though, because germs can grow on the inside of the retainer. 

What to Expect with a Retainer

Retainers are painless, but they do take some getting used to as it might seem a bit foreign at first. Your mouth will become accustomed to the retainer usually in a matter of days.

In most cases, a patient wears a retainer daily (all day and night) for up to one year after your braces are removed or as instructed by the orthodontist. Once this is complete, your orthodontist will define the frequency and duration for wearing the retainer. We find that wearing a retainer at night only is enough to maintain the position of the teeth from moving.

If you are struggling with misaligned teeth or are embarrassed about your smile, our dentists at can can provide the help you may be looking for. Call us today at (877) 422-6257 or visit us online to schedule a consultation.



The Dental Specialty Center of Marlton

1000 Lincoln Drive East, Suite 3A

Marlton, NJ

(877) 422-6257


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