The most overlooked element of straightening one’s teeth are the retainers. Everybody knows about braces and what they do, what the downsides of wearing them are, how much they cost, and how long people typically have to have them on. They know how to care for their braces and what to expect when they get them off. People are also fairly familiar with head gear, an orthodontist’s tool that helps to correct overbites and other dental issues that the braces aren’t good enough for. People are even familiar with rubber bands which, when used in conjunction with braces, can help to put teeth back into their correct position. However, lost in all of this are the retainers. While they certainly don’t play a role in helping an individual straighten their pearly whites, without them the teeth would simply move back into their previous position. Retainers are essential because they ensure that all of the hard work the patient, orthodontist, and braces have done actually means something. When a patient gets their braces off they are generally fitted for a retainer which their orthodontist then tells them how often they need to wear. A Ghosh orthodontist, for example, will generally develop a plan for their patients where they will wear their retainer for about a year. Over time they will start to wear it less and less while coming into the office on several occasions to ensure that everything is going properly. After a specified period of time it is assumed the teeth are going to stay in place and the retainer can be taken off for good. The key to having the retainer do what it’s supposed to do is wearing it for the specified amount of time each day. Even skipping the use of your retainer for a week can be disastrous, as you might find it difficult and painful to even get it back over your teeth. Be diligent with your retainer use and it will be sure to reward you with a straight smile that you’ll never have to worry about again. Not only should you wear your retainer frequently, but you should also care for it properly. The better care you take of your retainer the better it will do its job. This means brushing your retainer every single day when you brush your teeth. If you don’t clean your retainer on a regular basis food debris can get stuck in it. This can lead to cavities in your mouth and can cause the retainer to start to deteriorate. Thus, wearing your retainer regularly and caring for it properly are the best ways to ensure that it does what it’s supposed to do and that you never have to worry about braces or Invisalign ever again. To make sure that you’re doing everything you’re supposed to be doing when it comes to your retainer, contacting Ghosh Orthodontics would be a wise idea. They’re more than happy to walk you through the retainer process, laying out what you can expect and how long you should wear it for.