Posts Tagged ‘Orthodontic Retainers’

Why do teeth move after braces?

Monday, August 26th, 2019

Retainers for blog post 27.08.2019

Teeth move all the time

Many people do not realise that teeth are mobile. They are held into the jaw bone by periodontal ligaments. These are not hard like bone, they are elastic. Without these ligaments orthodontic treatment would not be possible as they allow the teeth to move. When the brace is removed, the ligaments remember the original position of the tooth and would allow the teeth to drift back to that position again.


General daily wear and tear 

The mouth is the most used part of the body. Eating food can cause the teeth to wear down over time, especially if a bite is out of line. Every time you bite into something or chew your food the teeth will be affected. Every time you talk, your tongue generates a pressure against your teeth. All these things can over time cause your teeth to move.  


Changes in the mouth

As we go through life, there can be changes to your teeth which can cause unwanted tooth movement. Things like having a tooth extracted or periodontal problems can cause the teeth to drift and fill spaces that have appeared. The bite can also be affected if an opposing tooth is removed as the tooth above it can move downwards to fill the airspace.  Other factors such as jaw growth, wisdom teeth erupting and ageing can cause changes to occur in the mouth which may affect the position of the teeth.


Wearing retainers

When your braces are removed, to prevent unwanted tooth movement it is very important to wear retainers. Braces are used to move the teeth and retainers are used to hold the teeth in position. Without retainers, the teeth will want to move …. which is usually back to how they were at the beginning!

Many patients we treat are having a second or even third course of orthodontic treatment because they have not been told the importance of life long retainers. We place fixed wire retainers behind the upper and lower teeth after orthodontic treatment. We also provide removable retainers which are to be worn 2 nights per week in conjunction with a fixed retainer. If no fixed retainer is fitted, the removable retainers should be worn every night for 6 months, then 3-4 nights per week permanently.

If you would like any further information on our retainers or if you are looking to have your teeth straightened, contact a member of the SmileLux team today by phone 01908 398068 or visit our website

Why are retainers needed?

Monday, October 16th, 2017

Orthodontic treatment for most people takes around 12-18 months. Often, patients seem surprised that they need to then wear permanent retainers on their teeth after. Let us explain why this is.

Both yourself and your Orthodontist have worked hard correcting your teeth and creating a smile you can be proud of. We see a lot of patients here who have had orthodontic treatment before, either as a child or later in life and they have either not been told the importance of lifetime retention or have chosen to chance it and stop wearing their retainers.

The truth is, your teeth are designed a certain way, even before you are born. When you are having orthodontic treatment, you are left several weeks between your appointments to enable the bone to form around the roots of the teeth in their new position. When a brace is removed, the teeth will automatically be drawn back to their original position, or somewhere close to it. This may take several weeks, months or years depending on the individual person.

As we age, like with every part of our body, the bone around our teeth also changes. Research has shown that teeth move more as we enter our later years. This is why it is now recommended that retainers are worn permanently for life to prevent this movement occurring as we get older.

The ideal way to retain and protect your new smile is to have a bonded or fixed retainer placed:

Bonded retainer (SmileLux image)

This is secured in place using a special dental adhesive which is smooth to your tongue and very comfortable. There may be times in your life where this needs repair or replacement due to natural wear and tear.

It is also recommended that you wear a removable retainer in bed while you are sleeping. This should be worn 2 nights per week if you have a bonded/fixed retainer or 3-4 nights per week if you choose not to have one or if it is not clinically possible to fit one.


There are various types of removable retainer depending on the level of retention you require. Please ask your Orthodontist for more information.

If you are looking to have teeth straightening in Milton Keynes, contact a member of The SmileLux Team today on 01908 398068. We are a multi award winning Specialist Orthodontic Practice in Milton Keynes. We have many different braces available and treat patients of all ages.


What to expect after orthodontic treatment

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

If you are undergoing orthodontic treatment, you’re no doubt looking forward to finally getting your braces or aligners removed and showing off your beautiful straight smile to the world. Before you decide to go ahead and do this, it is a good idea to know what to expect once your treatment is complete.

As your teeth will have been straightened over a number of weeks and months, it’s important that you follow this by retaining your teeth in their new position. It is essential after any form of orthodontic treatment retainers are worn as teeth have a habit of ‘drifting’ back over time. This is known as relapse.

A thin wire called a bonded or fixed retainer is usually secured to the back of your front teeth which is worn permanently. In conjunction with this a removable plastic retainer shaped in the final position of your teeth is provided which should be worn as least 2 nights a week permanently providing the bonded retainer has also been fitted. If not then the removable retainer should be worn more frequently.

Retainers can stabilise your teeth and ensure they remain in the ideal position you want them to stay in. To look after your fixed retainer, you should brush it properly using a fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash to remove any bacteria.

To maintain your straight smile and keep your mouth healthy it is recommended that you visit your dentist regularly to improve your oral health and to ensure that your teeth do not move after all your hard work wearing braces!

Are you looking for a dentist to assess your suitability for orthodontic treatment? As the Practice Principal and Specialist Orthodontist of SmileLux based in Milton Keynes, Dr Sunil Hirani can help.

If you would like to book an appointment, please call 01908 398068. Our practice opening hours are Mondays and Thursdays from 9am to 5pm, Tuesdays and Fridays from 9am to 6pm and Saturday from 9am to 12pm on alternate weeks. Please visit our website: for more information. We can give you the smile you’ve always wanted!