Retainers Specialist

RISUS Orthodontics

Orthodontics located in Skokie, Glenview, & Northbrook, IL

In some cases, teeth may shift back into improper alignment after orthodontic treatment. To prevent this, the team at RISUS Orthodontics offers custom-made retainers for patients at the offices in Glenview, Northbrook, and Skokie, Illinois. Retainers are an excellent way to help maintain your orthodontic results. To schedule a consultation and learn more, call the office, or use the online scheduling tool.

Retainers Q & A

What are retainers? 

Retainers are custom-made dental appliances that the team at RISUS Orthodontics often recommends patients wear after undergoing orthodontic treatment. 

The whole point of orthodontic treatment is to shift your teeth gradually into a straighter alignment. This delivers you a healthier, more attractive looking smile. After all that hard work, the last thing you’d want is for your teeth to revert back. A retainer helps hold your teeth in position and maintain your orthodontic results. 

Do I need a retainer? 

Each case of orthodontic treatment is unique, and the team at RISUS Orthodontics never adopts a one-size-fits-all approach to dental care. There’s no telling if you’ll need a retainer or not at the beginning of your treatment. Once treatment is over and your braces or Invisalign® aligners come off, your dentist will evaluate your teeth and decide whether or not a retainer is right for you.  

In some cases, specially designed retainers can also be worn to reposition your tongue and help treat sleep apnea symptoms. 

What happens if I do not wear my retainer? 

Worst case scenario, if you don’t wear your retainer as prescribed your teeth will shift back into an improper alignment. If your teeth shift again, you may need to undergo orthodontic treatment a second time. 

Remember, retainers fit snugly inside your mouth and are comfortable. They really aren’t too much of a nuisance, and, in some cases, only need to be worn at night. Retainers are removable, so they don’t interfere with eating, drinking, brushing your teeth, or flossing. 

How long do I need to wear a retainer? 

On average, you’ll need to wear a retainer for about a year after orthodontic treatment. Wearing them full-time can speed up this process while neglecting to wear them can lengthen it. When your dentist at RISUS Orthodontics decides that you need to wear a retainer, they’ll discuss with you how to care for it, how often to wear it each day, and how long you’ll likely need to wear it. 

To learn more about custom-made retainers at RISUS Orthodontics, call the office, or schedule an appointment online today.