After your orthondontic treatment is finished and your braces are removed, you will need retainers to hold your teeth in their new positions.
A removable retainer is very patient-friendly. This type of retainer is designed to be put in at night and taken out in the morning.
In the first month after the braces are removed, the risk of relapse is very high. It is necessary to use retainers until your bite stabilize, it takes time for the bone and all the tissues around your teeth to reorganize.
Removable retainers should be taken out during eating, contact sports and when you brush your teeth. To clean the retainers, remove them first and brush them in tap water using a toothbrush and some toothpaste. Brush your teeth after this.
The safest place for your retainers is in your mouth. If you are not using the retainers they should always be kept in a box. There is a great risk of losing retainers if they are wrapped in tissue paper after you remove them from your mouth.
There are many different types of dental appliances depending on treatment goals. Some appliances are removal and some are attached to the teeth. Some appliances are fabricated to correct cross-bites and some can actually manipulate the growth pattern of the jaws for proper alignment.