Many patients visit our Pennington, NJ orthodontics office in need of a new retainer. Either they have lost their retainer, their retainer is broken, or they simply want to get back on track in maintaining their dream smile. Retainers play an essential role in your long-term dental health. While orthodontic solutions like Invisalign, Damon® Clear™, and traditional metallic braces are effective at providing you with the results you want, retainers maintain these results for many years to come. Learn more about why you should wear a retainer below:


Patients with crooked and misaligned teeth who want a straighter and more balanced smile can benefit from retainers. Retainers help to straighten teeth or keep them straight long after orthodontic treatment. The benefits of orthodontic treatment with retainers are the same for patients of all ages.

Orthodontic treatment can prevent difficulties that arise with crooked and misaligned teeth. Teeth that overcrowd in the mouth are at high risk for infection. Because it is difficult to clean between crooked teeth, plaque and bacteria can build up in the mouth. This can result in tooth decay and problems with the root canal and missing teeth. Combat problems caused by crooked teeth through the use of retainers. The first month of retainer use is especially the most critical because it keeps teeth that are prone to moving around straight and in line.


Whether you’re young or old, you can benefit from treatment with retainers for a straighter smile. Retainers:


After you’ve undergone orthodontic treatment, your teeth have become used to the pressure of braces or clear aligners. This pressure is what encouraged your teeth to move into a straighter position. Once treatment is complete and that pressure is removed, your teeth are likely to attempt to shift back into their original position. If this happens, you’ve essentially wasted the months or years it took to achieve your dream smile. To avoid losing the dream smile that you’ve worked so hard for, you should wear a retainer regularly. The retainer will provide your teeth with the pressure that they are missing and maintain your straightened smile.


Our retainers are designed specifically for you and your smile. We want to make it as simple and as comfortable as possible for you to maintain your orthodontic results. Our team will ensure your retainer fits your teeth properly.


Retainers should not be uncomfortable to wear. Because you have already undergone orthodontic treatment, the retainer is simply holding your teeth in their new position. As long as you wear your retainer regularly, you should not notice any new pressure on your dental structures.


You can and should wear your retainer for many years. As soon as you stop using your retainer, you are putting yourself at more risk for orthodontic relapse. Fortunately, our retainers are long-lasting and designed to help you maintain your dream smile for a lifetime.


Support your oral health and prevent crooked teeth problems with retainers. Call Pennington Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry at (609) 337-4758. You can also schedule an appointment with us online.