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Do I Really Have To Wear My Retainer After Braces? Milton, GA
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If you have recently had your braces removed, congratulations on completing the hardest phase of your orthodontic treatment! But guess what? Your treatment is not really over. The final phase is called retention, which involves wearing that retainer that your orthodontist custom fit for your new smile.

Many patients walk away from the orthodontic office under the assumption that wearing their retainer is “optional” or only an “extra measure” to keep their teeth in place. This can be a very unfortunate misconception. Regardless of your age or the severity of your orthodontic correction, wearing your retainer the way you were instructed to do so is absolutely necessary. In fact, it is the most important thing you can do to protect your investment, your time and your sacrifice from wearing braces. Don’t let all that go to waste because you don’t feel like popping in your appliance.

What Do Retainers Do?

Retainers play a critical role in the outcome of your orthodontic treatment! Retainers keep your teeth shifting or migrating back to their old position (called relapse). How you wear your retainer is dependent upon what your orthodontist thinks is best for your unique case. You may be asked to wear your retainer 24/7 for a short period of time or just while you sleep.

There are different kinds of retainers as well. If you aren’t sure you can commit to caring for your retainer or remembering to put it in, then you may want to ask for a permanent or fixed retainer. A fixed retainer may also be recommended to help your gums and bone tissues align and stabilize with your newly corrected bite, which can be a lengthy process for some.

Have more questions about the importance of retainers or how you should wear yours? Call Dr. Patel at Georgia Orthodontics & Children’s Dentistry. We specialize in both orthodontics and pediatric dental care.

Posted on behalf of Georgia Orthodontics & Children's Dentistry

13075 Hwy 9, Suite 110
Milton, GA 30004

Phone: (770) 521-2100

Mon – Fri: 8:30am – 5:00pm

Our Patients Reviews

I was skeptical about going back into braces. Since this was my second round, I wanted something fast and affordable. I met with Dr. Patel and he was fantastic! He gave me different options, he was very detailed and he answered all my questions.

Karem M.

Dr. Patel is a gem of a person. My daughter is getting braces dine and dr. and staff make sure my daughter is comfortable with the treatment. Dr. Patel explains entire process patiently and gives time to answer any question we may have. Our experience is great and I strongly refer Dr. Patel for yours or your kid's orthodontics needs...

Dipal G.

Highly recommend Milton Dental Specialists!! They were so sweet to my daughter and took extra time and effort to make her enjoy her experience and be comfortable! As a parent this is much appreciated! My daughter left smiling and excited to have her teeth cleaned. Thank you Dr. Chong and Renal!

Natalie M.

An inviting waiting room with the front desk staff greeting me with a smile. Staff was very educated answering as many questions as possible since it was my first consultation for orthodontic help. Dr. Patel was VERY personable giving me all of the options for a plan of action the crowding of my teeth, and gave me all the information (time length, issues to be concerned with, financial differences) to help me choose the best plan for me. His details helped me to feel very comfortable with having to get braces as a female post 25+ years. I definitely recommend him as an orthodontist in the Milton/ North Atlanta area if you are looking for one. Best thing is that the first consultation was absolutely free!

Arti D.

Wow!!! What a great experience with Dr. Chong and Patel and their team at MDS. I was hesistant to send my kids to anyone but Dr. Chong just made my youngest feel so at ease that I knew this was the right place . And I’m now considering seeing Dr. Patel to finally get my teeth straightened after years of being apprehensive about my apprearance . Thanks to everyone at MDS

Jagdeep S.

Very happy with Milton Dental Specialists. Having a dentist and orthodontist in one location makes dental exams easy while wearing braces. They have great hours and are very accommodating for kids in school who don’t want to miss school for orthodontic or dental work. Very happy with both the dentist and orthodontist.

Christy D.
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