Do You Get a Retainer After SureSmile®?

Do You Get a Retainer After SureSmile®?

Do You Get a Retainer After SureSmile®?

Do You Get a Retainer After SureSmile®?

SureSmile® Clear Aligners are an alternative to traditional metal braces for people who want a more discreet and comfortable way to straighten their teeth. Made of a clear, thin material that is virtually invisible when worn, they can be removed for eating, brushing, and flossing.

SureSmile Clear Aligners are typically worn for 20-22 hours per day, and they should be replaced every two weeks with a new set of aligners to continue the tooth-straightening process. Treatment time with SureSmile Clear Aligners varies, but it is typically shorter than traditional braces.

What Is a SureSmile Retainer?


After your treatment with SureSmile, your results are not set in stone or bone. Because they have been shifting slowly under the pressure of the aligners, your teeth could still shift. You will need a final step to ensure your new smile is permanent. A retainer is the best way to ensure this happens. You can choose between two types of retainers:



These retainers are either made from composite or durable plastic or can be clear. They are not permanently fixed on your teeth; you can remove them like your aligners. Like your aligners, you are not permitted to eat or drink with them on. 



These retainers are not removable but instead are permanent. Your dentist bonds them to your teeth, and they stay on throughout the day for years. Their design and structure are meant to withstand chewing pressure and support oral hygiene. The best thing about this type of retainer is that you do not need to worry about your teeth shifting back. 

Why Are Retainers Necessary?


Retainers are used to help maintain the alignment of teeth after orthodontic treatment. SureSmile is a system that uses 3D modeling and advanced robotics to create customized orthodontic treatment plans. After the teeth have been moved into proper positions using braces or aligners, you need retainers. 

Retainers help keep the teeth in place while the surrounding bone and soft tissue adjust to the new positions. It is vital in the first few months after treatment when the risk of relapse is highest. Wearing a retainer as directed by your dentist can ensure that your teeth stay in their new positions and that your treatment results are long-lasting.

How Long Will You Need to Use Retainers?


The length of time that you will need to wear retainers after SureSmile treatment will depend on several factors. These include your case's complexity, age, and dentist’s or orthodontist's recommendations. In general, retainers are typically worn longer after treatment if your case is more complex. If you are an adult, you may need to wear them longer as the teeth are less likely to move in these situations. 

In some cases, retainers may need to be worn indefinitely to maintain the desired alignment of the teeth. Your dentist can provide you with more specific recommendations based on your case. It is important to follow your orthodontist's instructions for wearing your retainers to ensure the best possible results from your treatment.

For more on SureSmile retainer recommendations, call MAC Family Dentistry in Mandeville at 985-238-3797 to discuss questions or schedule a consultation.

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