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Why Retainers Are Just as Important as Braces

February 8, 2016
Posted By: Dr. Natasha

Retainers help by assisting the adjustment of your gums and with the changes in your bone. That is why your doctor requires you to wear your retainers during the day, or if you’re lucky enough, only at night.

If you grew up with a pair of braces on your teeth, you will know how hard and how expensive it is to undo what genetics and hereditary traits has done to you. It is quite common to see someone with a pair of braces. You see, you inherit your teeth from your mother and father. And more often than not, it is never a perfect combination wherein you grow up with flawless teeth that fit perfectly into your jaw.

If you aren’t familiar with how retainers look like, remember those plastic things with metal wires that your friends used to take out of their mouths if they want to eat? Yup, those are retainers.

Retainers help keep your teeth in position

After having your braces taken out, it’s not quite a happily ever after for your perfect set of teeth just yet. You will first have to meet its cousin, retainers. You see, your teeth might be a bit tender after months, or even years of having them realigned from its original crooked state, to its now straight, and nearly flawless arrangement.

Think of it as that metal thing that arranges bowling pins. Or that triangle that you use to rack billiard balls together. Do you think it would be as easy to perform these without the assistance of those tools?


Have you ever heard of anyone building castles in the sand? I thought so. Nobody wants to build anything on shaky foundations. This holds true with your teeth as well. You see, when it comes to aligning your teeth, there is a whole lot that goes on inside your jaw. Your teeth moves from its original position to its final one by literally moving it ever slowly. This affects your gums and even the surrounding bone.

Think of these as training wheels. Your teeth, gums, and jaw, need a little reminder that they should get used to their new arrangement.

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