A retainer is an orthodontic device that is worn after completing braces or Invisalign treatment to help maintain the new alignment of teeth. It is typically custom-made to fit the patient's teeth and is worn for a certain period of time, as recommended by the orthodontist.

Retainers can be made of various materials, such as plastic or wire, and can be removable or fixed in place. They help to prevent teeth from shifting back to their original position and are an important part of post-treatment care to ensure long-lasting results.

What is the cost of a Retainer?

Retainer cost in Pakistan can range from around 20,000 – 30,000 PKR. The cost can vary depending on the dentist consulted.

What diagnosis leads to Retainer?

Here are some common diagnoses that may lead to the use of a retainer:

  • Completed orthodontic treatment: A retainer is often recommended for individuals who have completed orthodontic treatment using braces, Invisalign, or other methods to help maintain the new alignment of teeth.

  • Teeth grinding: Individuals who have a habit of grinding their teeth, also known as bruxism, may be recommended to wear a retainer to help protect their teeth from damage.

  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder: For individuals with TMJ disorder, a retainer may be recommended to help stabilize the jaw and alleviate symptoms such as jaw pain or clicking.

  • Orthognathic surgery: Following corrective jaw surgery, a retainer may be used to help maintain the new position of the teeth and jaw.

What is the procedure for a Retainer?

Here are the general steps involved in the procedure for getting a retainer:

  • The dentist will take an impression of the patient's teeth to create a mold for the retainer.

  • The mold is then used to create a customized retainer that fits the patient's teeth.

  • The patient will return to the dental clinic to have the retainer fitted and adjusted as needed for comfort and effectiveness.

  • The orthodontist will provide instructions on how to wear and care for the retainer, including how long to wear it each day and when to remove it.

  • Follow-up appointments may be scheduled to ensure that the retainer is fitting properly and to monitor the progress of tooth alignment.

What are the Risks & Complications associated with a Retainer?

Here are some potential risks and complications associated with wearing a retainer:

  • It is common to experience some discomfort or soreness when first wearing a retainer, but this should subside within a few days.

  • Some patients may experience difficulty speaking when first wearing a retainer, but this should improve with time as the tongue and mouth adjust to the device.

  • It is important to maintain good oral hygiene when wearing a retainer to prevent the buildup of plaque or bacteria that can lead to tooth decay or gum disease.

  • Retainers can break or become damaged if not cared for properly, which can compromise their effectiveness.

What to expect after Retainer?

You may expect the following things;

  • Your dentist may gradually reduce the amount of time you need to wear your retainer, but it's important to follow their instructions to maintain the results achieved by your treatment.

  • In many cases, wearing a retainer will be a lifelong commitment to maintain the alignment of your teeth, so expect to continue using it on a part-time basis for years to come.

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