A retainer is usually prescribed after orthodontic treatment to prevent the teeth from returning to their pre-treatment position. Contact Dr. April Lee at Burlingame Smile Studio to set up an orthodontic consultation we serve Burlingame, CA, Hillsborough, and Millbrae.
Your teen will likely spend years wearing braces or dental aligners to make sure their smile is healthy. If they don’t wear a retainer, they risk losing all progress.
Develop a retainer routine
The structure is important for the development of habits, so creating a routine for your teen will help them remember to stick with it. Routine placement of retainers in their housings is particularly helpful.
Remind your teen that pain is expected, but temporary
Even though the braces have been removed, any pressure on the teeth (such as a retainer that prevents the teeth from coming back) can cause some discomfort.
One thing to note is that the pain will go away if your teenager stays on the retainer in accordance with their treatment plan.
It may seem like a lot of work for your teen to go through full orthodontic treatment and then continue to use braces, but correcting crooked teeth will not only keep your teen’s smile healthy. Correcting a crooked tooth can also prevent toothaches, improve sleep quality and resolve speech problems associated with misalignment.
Contact Dr. April Lee at Burlingame Smile Studio we serve Burlingame, CA, Hillsborough, and Millbrae.