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If you have a gap between your front teeth, you may be thinking of ways that could potentially close the gap. You may think that a retainer could do the job if the gap is slight, but, unfortunately, more often than not, an orthodontic solution will be required to align your teeth effectively.

What are retainers?

Retainers are designed to be used at the end of orthodontic treatment and help retain your teeth in their new position. They have the strength and function to hold the teeth where they finally rest, but they do not actively move the teeth into a straight position.

Removeable and fixed retainers

Ascent Dental Care offer two types of retainers that are used in conjunction with each other: removable and fixed retainers. The reason why retainers can’t be used to close a gap is that they are fitted at the end of treatment and are made to fit the straight teeth mould. So, if retainers were fitted while you still had a gap between your teeth, they would be made to fit your teeth in that specific way and would ‘retain’ this formation rather than move the teeth to a straighter position.

How are retainers fixed to the teeth?

When you have your braces de-bonded, your Ascent Dental Care dentist will fit the fixed retainer to the backs of your teeth, which will offer you immediate retention now that your braces are removed. We then take impressions of your teeth to create your removable retainers. These take 10-14 days to be made at our dental lab and are then given to the patient to be specifically worn at night. This double up on retention helps protect your investment in straightening your teeth.

To start your journey to straighter teeth, please do not hesitate to call us. Find your nearest Ascent Dental Care practice in Loughborough, Malvern, Solihull and Tamworth and book your FREE orthodontic consultation today!