Retainers Explained: Types, Care, and Common Concerns

May 30, 2024

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At Charles River Orthodontics, we’re committed to bringing you valuable insights from leading experts across various fields. In our latest video podcast, we sit down with Dr. Nina Khedkar, a renowned orthodontist, to discuss everything you need to know about retainers. Whether you’re a current orthodontic patient or considering treatment for yourself or your child, Dr. Khedkar’s expert advice will help you understand the importance of retainers in maintaining a healthy, beautiful smile.

Key Takeaways:

  • Retainers are essential for preserving the results of orthodontic treatment. As Dr. Khedkar explains, “The primary purpose of retainers is to maintain the alignment of your teeth after braces or aligners are removed.”
  • There are several types of retainers, each with unique benefits. Dr. Khedkar walks us through the differences between fixed and removable retainers, helping you understand which option may be best for your individual needs.
  • Wearing your retainers as prescribed is crucial. “Patients often ask how long they need to wear their retainers,” notes Dr. Khedkar. “I typically recommend wearing them full-time for the first few months, then transitioning to nighttime wear indefinitely to prevent relapse.”
  • Proper care and maintenance can extend the life of your retainers. Dr. Khedkar shares tips for cleaning and storing your retainers, as well as advice on what to do if they become damaged.
  • While some discomfort is normal when starting to wear retainers, Dr. Khedkar offers guidance on addressing common challenges. “If you experience irritation or soreness, don’t hesitate to contact your orthodontist. We can make adjustments to ensure a comfortable fit.”

To learn more about retainers and Dr. Khedkar’s expert insights, watch the full video here. Subscribe to our YouTube channel for more valuable content to help you navigate your financial and overall well-being.