A 38-year-old member asked:
why don't more orthodontists offer retainers over invisalign or braces? are there any negative effects of retainers?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Stanley Siu answered
16 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Not used to align: Retainers are oral appliances worn at the end of active orthodontic treatment to prevent teeth from relapsing or going back to their original position. Retainers are not active, which means that retainers do not generate forces to move teeth into better alignment. If the retainer is bonded to the teeth, patients will usu. Need to use floss threaders, making flossing a little more difficult.
Answered on Apr 24, 2016
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