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  • Prevent movement of teeth
  • Can be fixed or removable
  • Keep teeth in a specific position

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These are orthodontic appliances which “retain” the teeth in the correct position once orthodontic treatment is complete. Retainers are as important if not more than the actual orthodontic appliances as they will keep the teeth in the correct position orthodontics intended them to be in once the appliance is removed.

Without them, the teeth have a natural tendency to move back into the position that they originally were in. This is a phenonomen known as relapse. If relapse occurs, further orthodontic treatment may be required to correct this and it is for this reason retainers are such a crucial part of orthodontic treatment.

There are variety of retainers available which can either be fixed or removable. Fixed retainers involve placing a small wire attached with unique dental adhesive material to the inner sides of the upper and lower teeth to maintain them in their specific position. Furthermore, they stay in permanently and do not need to be removed.

Alternatively there are removable retainers which are clear and made of acrylic which must be worn at night to retain the teeth in the correct position. They can be made by taking some simple moulds which are then sent to a lab who construct them tailored bespoke to the position of the teeth. This makes the problem of lost / broken or misplaced retainers easy to fix with simple moulds taken by the dentist.

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