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Tysons West Orthodontics & Children's Dentistry

Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry located in Vienna, VA

For a child or adult who has braces, one of the most exciting times in their lives is having their braces removed to reveal their brand new smile. Leading orthodontists and dentists Ibrahim Y. Alhussain, DMD, and Reem I. Alhussain, DDS, make sure their patients keep their beautiful smiles with top quality retainers. Their team at Tysons West Orthodontics & Children's Dentistry in Vienna and Tysons, Virginia, know how to keep their patients’ smiles looking their best. To learn about what retainers can do for you or your child, book an appointment online or over the phone today.


What are dental retainers?

Dental retainers are the final stage of orthodontic treatment. They keep your teeth straight and in alignment after your orthodontist has removed them.

Wearing a retainer properly is crucial. Not doing so can slowly reverse the years of changes your teeth have taken to give you your beautiful new smile.

Are dental retainers necessary?

Wearing your retainer is an essential part of your orthodontic treatment. Braces of all types work by placing gentle, steady pressure on your teeth to move them into the optimal position.

When your braces are removed, that pressure disappears. Without ongoing support, your teeth can begin shifting out of position.

Straighter teeth have numerous benefits, and your retainer supports those improvements, including:

  • Improved ability to chew food
  • Easier breathing
  • Improvements in speech impediments

Wearing a retainer may not always be convenient, but getting into the habit of wearing it will keep your smile beautiful for years to come.

How long does my child have to wear a retainer?

Your orthodontist at Tysons West Orthodontics & Children's Dentistry will determine how long your child needs to wear their retainer and how many hours each day it should be worn. Keep in mind that your child’s bone and gum tissues need time to adapt to your child’s bite pattern after the braces come off. A retainer will keep their teeth in proper alignment while that process takes place.

A removable retainer is often worn nearly around the clock for at least a year after braces come off. Once they determine their teeth are no longer shifting, they may be able to wear their retainer only at night.

How can I help my child get in the habit of wearing a retainer?

Parents can help their kids get into the habit of wearing their retainer in a number of ways. If your child forgets to put in their retainer after breakfast, you can put the retainer case in a bright colored bag so it will be easier to spot.

Or if your child likes highly regulated routines, you can make sure the retainer case is stored in the same place every day so they will remember to get it. See what will work best for your child and act accordingly.

To learn more about orthodontic treatments for you or your child, schedule an appointment with Tysons West Orthodontics & Children's Dentistry online or over the phone today.