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4 Most Common Questions about Retainers

  1. Why do I have to wear a retainer? Your child’s teeth will continue to grow into adulthood, and with that growth comes movement of the teeth. Without a retainer, your child’s teeth have a 99% chance of shifting out of position once more. A retainer will help keep your child’s teeth straight for life.
  1. How long will I have to wear a retainer? The length of retainer use varies with each patient, but typically, for the first six months after braces are removed, retainers are worn every day. After six months, the teeth become more stabilized in their new position, and your child can wear the retainer less frequently. A fixed, bottom retainer is designed to stay in the mouth permanently—but don’t worry, after a day, your child will forget he’s even wearing one, and this fixed retainer will conveniently keep the bottom teeth in place without his having to continually remove and replace it.
  2. What will the retainer look like? Retainers are usually made out of metal and plastic. There are also clear plastic options available. Some are fixed and some are removable. At Alameda Pediatric Dentistry, our maxillary retainer, or removable retainer for the upper teeth, can be customized with logos, designs, and other colors, including cat or tuxedo designs, or the logo of your child’s favorite sports team.
  1. Will it hurt? The retainer is custom fit to your child’s mouth. It is designed to keep her teeth in place, not move them, so as long as the child wears them consistently, they should fit comfortably and not hurt. If the child strays from wearing the retainer as her orthodontist instructs, her teeth may move, and one sign of that is the retainer feeling especially snug. In this case, they should go back to wearing the retainer as instructed.

 

 

 

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