Retainers are not typically designed to move teeth. They hold your straightened teeth in place to prevent unwanted tooth movement. However, at the end of orthodontic treatment your doctor might continue to align your teeth with a special type of retainer – often called an aligner.
Aligners come in many different forms. Some aligners are made with wire and acrylic using a dental impression of your teeth. Other aligners, like Invisalign*, are made using digital technology. Regardless of the design, aligners will move your teeth in a very specific direction to a very precise location.
Your orthodontist will determine if your teeth should continue to move after taking off your braces. Sometimes, your braces need to be removed to get the perfect smile. This is one of the reasons aligners are so popular. Wearing aligners takes a little extra effort, but it can really pay off. Perfect smiles take more work than “good enough” smiles.
When your teeth stop moving you are ready for a custom orthodontic retainer. Your retainer can be permanently attached to your teeth – usually a wire on the back of your teeth. Or your retainer can be removeable. Invisible retainers are popular because they are removeable.
The sole purpose of an invisible retainer is to hold your straight teeth securely in place for the rest of your life. After many months of wearing braces or aligners, why put your smile at risk. Commit to wear your orthodontic retainer every time you go to sleep – for the rest of your life.
At REATAIN™, we developed our retainers for life program (RFL) to ensure you always have a fresh clean retainer on your nightstand. After enrolling in RFL you can get a new retainer shipped direct to your home for $59 plus shipping – for life.
*Invisalign is a registered trademark of ALIGN TECHNOLOGY, Inc.