What is a retainer?

retainer-photo-of-front-teethRetainers are used to correct the alignment of your teeth. They are custom fitted to your mouth and your individual dental needs. Retainers are made from clear plastic and metal wires or from rubber. Some retainers are removable, while others are fixed because they are bonded behind the teeth. Generally, retainers are prescribed before or after the use of braces. They can also be used after surgery to help hold the teeth in position.

To care for your retainer, brush it every time you brush your teeth. Disinfect your retainer at least once a week by soaking it in a denture cleanser and warm water. After soaking, rinse the retainer thoroughly with water.

Do I need a retainer?

Do you have slight imperfections in your smile? A retainer in Encino, California, may be recommended by Drs. Howard and Howard to straighten crooked teeth. Retainers can also be used to correct your bite if it is misaligned. Retainers can be used on patients as young as 8 or 9 years of age. If you recently had braces removed, using a retainer can prevent your teeth from shifting.

We welcome you to contact The Dental Office of Encino today to set up a consultation with our dentists and to see if retainers are right for you.