We recommend our patients wear their retainers every night indefinitely . For some patients, teeth may become “fixed” in their new alignment after 10 years, and retainer use may be less necessary.
Once you’ve straightened your teeth with orthodontic intervention, nothing is technically stopping your teeth from migrating back to their original place. That’s why our orthodontic experts recommend wearing retainers to help keep your teeth where they should be.
Retainers are most commonly made of plastic and custom made to fit perfectly over your teeth. We can also use shaped metal wire fixed to a plastic frame to prevent the teeth from shifting. Wearing retainers at night is the only way to keep your new smile around for the long run!
The purpose of your retainer is to ensure your teeth do not revert to their original positions after treatment.
Generally crooked teeth
How Retainers Work
We custom design retainers for every patient who gets braces or aligners.
What to Expect
You’ll wear your retainers every night while you sleep following the end of your teeth straightening process. If you miss a night or two, you shouldn’t experience any issues when you put your retainer back in. If you go too long without wearing your retainer, you may experience discomfort when you wear it. If this happens, it’s a good idea to come in for a check-up!
Why Choose Trü for Retainers in West Springfield?
We know that no two patients have the same set of teeth, so why would your treatments be the same? We always take the time to customize orthodontic solutions to meet your needs.
Our providers share a passion for our patients and the work. When you come to Trü Orthodontics, you can expect to be treated with respect and compassion.
Our patients receive advanced 3D scanning instead of old-fashioned mold-taking to ensure a flawless fit for retainers and other orthodontic devices.
Frequently Asked Questions
How often you should replace your retainer depends on the type of retainer and a few other factors, which we can review with you during your fitting. Typically you can expect to replace your retainer every few years, or if it becomes worn down or too loose, which sometimes happens if you’ve cleaned your retainer in very hot water.
If you skip wearing your retainer for a night or two, you might not notice any changes. But once you’ve gone a week or more, it might become more difficult to put your retainer in at night, and you may notice you wake up with sore teeth. This is a sign your teeth have begun shifting, and yes, it really happens that fast!
Losing a retainer, although frustrating, is all too easy. Unless you want to undo all the hard work of aligning your teeth, you’ll need to replace a lost retainer. To make things more affordable for our patients, we offer a Retainer Assurance Program that allows you to replace retainers for a fraction of the typical cost.
Yes! Trü Orthodontics in West Springfield offers a range of financing options, which can be utilized by both insured and uninsured patients. Our goal is to make orthodontic treatment more affordable with flexible and accessible payment solutions. This includes monthly promotions, discounts for those without insurance, and extended payment plans serviced by Cherry, our trusted third-party agency.