Lucio H. Kim DDS
Older couple smiling | Dentist Glendale CA

3 Big Reasons Why You Need to Wear Your Retainer

June 24, 2017
Posted By: Lucio H. Kim DDS
Woman talking on cellphone | Dentist Glendale CA

You’ve gone through orthodontic treatment, and the big day is here! You’ve done everything right, and now it’s time to have your braces removed at our Glendale, CA dental office.

Freedom! Your teeth look great, and you’re ready to ride off into the sunset with your fabulous new smile. But wait. What’s the doctor’s saying about wearing a retainer? You think, “Hey, retainers are for kids, what’s the deal?”

You may think that, as an adult, once your teeth are straightened, you’re finished with the process. But here’s the thing – everyone, adult or child, who goes through orthodontic treatment must wear a retainer to maintain proper alignment.

Maintaining a Perfect Smile

Orthodontic treatment is a two-step process. First, we correct the problem, then we maintain proper alignment of your teeth with a retainer. During treatment, you did everything you were supposed to do, and you were happy to do it because your smile looks so great. Now you need to apply the same diligence to wearing your retainer to maintain the beautiful results.

Your teeth are always moving slightly. Forces at work in your mouth can cause your teeth to move and gradually drift out of proper alignment. As you get older, your back teeth may push slightly forward, causing forward movement of front teeth. Teeth grinding and tooth loss also affects the movement of your teeth. A retainer helps your teeth resist this movement and prevent relapse.

You made an investment in your smile; now you need to protect it. Think about how great you feel now that you’re done with treatment. Then think how depressing it would be to go through it again just because you couldn’t be bothered wearing your retainer!

Orthodontics in Glendale

Glendale, CA dentist Dr. Kim Lucio wants you to enjoy the results of your braces treatment for a long time. If you have questions about wearing your retainer, please call our office, and we will be happy to arrange a convenient appointment.

If you have difficulty using our website, please email us or call us at (818) 242-3739
View the ADA Accessibility Statement
WE ARE OPEN and taking all appointments! In continuing to prioritize the health and safety of our staff and patients, we have implemented heightened health protocols. Click here for more safety information. We look forward to seeing you again in the office!