The importance of retainers is often overlooked, and retainers are commonly a source of contempt among younger dental patients. However, the proper use of dental retainers can keep a smiling looking great and functioning properly for the remainder of your life. Failing to wear a retainer can cause teeth to shift into unwanted positions after orthodontic work has been done. Unfortunately, approximately 50% of people who have completed orthodontic correction treatments fail to wear their retainers for the recommended length of time. Because of this, their teeth shift out of position, and the work must be completed again or is abandoned.

Our dentists may also suggest retainers as a form of interceptive orthodontics, fixing children’s teeth and treating malocclusions as early as possible upon detection. We encourage you to bring your children in for an orthodontic assessment at an early age. By treating children before they turn seven or eight years old, it can be much easier to craft a beautiful smile.

There are many developmental issues that interceptive orthodontics can correct, including crowded teeth, an uneven bite, a constricted palate, and uneven jaw development. Depending upon the individual needs of your child, Dr. Lund and Dr. Markham may suggest a variety of interceptive orthodontic techniques. After we make a diagnosis, we sit down with you and your family and carefully explain all the options and treatment plans and the benefits for your child’s dental health.

We know that orthodontic work is a significant expense to many families’ budgets, and we never like to see those finances go to waste. Therefore, we cannot stress enough the importance of wearing a retainer. We strive to create the most comfortable and easy-to-use retainers possible.

If you have any questions about your child’s retainer, if the retainer is not fitting properly, or if your child‘s retainer has been misplaced, we encourage you to call our office as soon as possible and we will be happy to work you into our schedule.

To learn more about dental retainers in Provo, Utah, please contact us at 801.373.4200 and we will gladly assist you.