Why you should wear your retainer when you braces are removed

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Most patients can’t wait to get their braces off after receiving Orthodontic treatment for what can seem like an eternity.

However, patients need to be aware of the final part of their treatment which means wearing a removable retainer.  As tempting as it may be to skip wearing it for a day or two, this can undo all the good work and can even mean starting your orthodontic treatment plan from the beginning.

Here are some reasons why you should wear your retainer when your braces are removed:

Retainers help your teeth stay in new positions

Your teeth are difficult to move and it takes time for the bones and ligaments around the teeth to reform in their new position.  While this is happening, retainers hold them in so they stay in their new positions.

If you don’t wear your retainer, your teeth could move back to their original positions

Your teeth don’t have a memory however, they can remember where they used to go and will try and move back to their original positions if you don’t wear your retainer as instructed by your dentist.  One of the advantages of wearing a retainer is to keep your smile looking great, so if you don’t want your teeth to move back and risk losing the time and money invested into getting braces, you must wear your retainer for the specified time.

There are different types of retainers available

There are now different types of removable retainers available and what’s even better is that you may have a choice of different colours or patterns so you can even customise yours to suit your personality.  Another alternative that may be appropriate is a clear retainer that fits over your teeth, making it nearly invisible.  In some cases, you can have a thin wire bonded to the inside of the teeth instead of a removable retainer.  This doesn’t show, and you don’t have to worry about taking it out.

Time spent wearing your retainer will become less frequent

When your braces are removed you will need to wear your retainer all the time, but after a few months the time spent wearing it will become less frequent and you may only have to wear it at night.  The retention stage will help your teeth avoid damage by allowing the process to end slowly and gently.

You’re not alone

Many celebrities have to wear, or have worn retainers at some stages during their careers.  Even Prince William has worn a retainer, so you’re in great company.

If you would like more information about orthodontic retainers, please call one of the team at Bamboo Dental on 029 2056 9769.



Until recently, braces were most common in teenagers with crooked and crowded teeth. This was until ‘Ugly Betty’ appeared on our TV screens and continued to wear heavy, metal, train track braces for several seasons.

In reality, adults would only need to wear these for up to two years and braces for adults and children are considerably more discreet than what is depicted in ‘Ugly Betty’.

There are many adults in the UK now wearing braces that are either completely clear, or are placed behind the teeth, so no one will notice you are wearing them.

If you are an adult looking for an alternative to metal braces here are some amazing options that Bamboo Dental in Cardiff can offer.

Six Months Smiles

Six Months Smiles can give you the smile that you want in a fraction of the time taken with conventional treatments.

This treatment utilises clear wires and brackets to gently straighten teeth, in an average time of only six months!  By focusing on the teeth that show when you smile and not making significant bite changes.  The team at Bamboo Dental guarantee that you will have straighter teeth within 6 months. As Wales’s leading provider in Six Months Smiles, Bamboo Dental has a 100% success rate.  They will guarantee you straighter teeth within 6 months or they will offer you your money back!  You can now have a new smile from as little as £33.28 per month which also includes free teeth whitening!

Inman Aligner

If you are looking to achieve beautiful, straighter teeth fast, the Inman Aligner is the perfect solution for crowding or protrusion of the front teeth.  It’s not only fast, it’s also very safe and great value for money compared to other systems.  With the patented Inman Aligner, your front teeth can be gently guided to an ideal position in a matter of weeks.  The Inman Aligner isn’t as discreet as the Six Month Smiles, however, it has many advantages such as being removable so you can take it out when you eat or clean your teeth.All teeth movements are achieved with a single aligner so there is no need to change your aligners every week.

Smilelign Clear Aligners

Smilelign Clear Orthodontic provides you with a discreet option so that no one will notice you are having your teeth straightened.  This is a popular method of aligning crooked teeth without the use of traditional metal brackets and wires.

Smilelign treatment is completed with a series of virtually invisible, removable aligners.  The aligners are changed every two to four weeks for the next stage.  Each aligner is carefully designed for your teeth and will move your teeth in very small increments little by little, week by week.  You will wear the clear aligners until they have moved your teeth to the final position.

Smile Aligners are worn for approximately 22 hours a day, with treatment times ranging from between 6 and 24 months.

If you live in or around Cardiff and are looking for an award-winning dental practice to help you perfect your smile, call the team on 029 2056 9769.

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