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Should I wear a retainer?

Congratulations! You just got your braces off. If Dr. Roy Gonzalez, Jr, did your orthodontic work, we know that your smile looks exceptional. Cheekiness aside, the journey isn’t quite over yet. You’ll need to wear a retainer to maintain that beautiful, straight smile. And not just for a little while—you should expect to wear your retainer for the rest of your life!

Our Alamo City Orthodontics team explains why and can go into further detail at your next San Antonio orthodontist appointment.

Your Teeth are in a State of Flux

Even after your braces come off, your teeth are still shifting. That’s because they’re constantly being bombarded by the same forces that caused them to crooked in the first place: things like chewing and biting and the natural aging process. Wearing a retainer helps keep your teeth in their new, corrected position so you can enjoy your beautiful smile for years to come.

Retainers are Comfortable

Modern retainers are much more comfortable than their predecessors. They’re typically made from clear, flexible plastic and fit snugly against your teeth without causing discomfort. You may need to adjust to wearing a retainer at first, but after a few days, it will feel like second nature. And once you get used to it, you’ll barely even notice it’s there!

Retainers are Affordable

Are you worried about the cost of a retainer? Don’t be! Retainers are very affordable, especially when you compare them to the cost of braces or other orthodontic treatments. Plus, most dental insurance plans cover at least part of the cost of a retainer—so check with your insurer to see if you qualify for coverage.

We beg you! Please wear your retainer!

In conclusion, a retainer is an integral part of maintaining your beautiful, straight smile after getting braces. While it may take some time to get used to wearing one, retainers are comfortable and affordable—so it’s well worth it in the end! So, put on that retainer and show off your newly aligned smile with pride!

Have you lost your retainer recently, or would you like to start wearing one again? If so, schedule a free consultation at Alamo City Orthodontics. Dr. Gonzalez can help you decide between removable and permanent retainer options.

If you have further questions, feel free to call Dr. Roy Gonzalez’s team at (210) 344-9295. We can’t wait to hear from you and look forward to helping you achieve a beautiful and healthy smile!

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