SOURCE: Cosmopolitan Orthodontics

May 23, 2012 14:31 ET

St. Paul Invisalign Specialist Discusses Retaining a Beautiful Smile for a Lifetime

SAVAGE, MN and PRIOR LAKE, MN and ST. PAUL, MN--(Marketwire - May 23, 2012) - Feeling insecure or uncomfortable often coincides with wearing retainers, but the end result is well worth it.

Minneapolis orthodontist Dr. Trudy Bonvino from Cosmopolitan Orthodontics agrees with orthodontists across the nation regarding the necessity of periodically wearing a retainer even after braces removal.

"The orthodontist may recommend wearing a retainer on a daily basis for the first year or two after braces are removed," says Bonvino, who is an invisalign treatment specialist.

The first two years after braces removal, the tissue and bone surrounding the teeth are stabilizing. The retainer helps keep teeth straight.

After two years, recommendations vary on how often retainers should be worn. Invisible braces professionals suggest wearing retainers periodically for a lifetime is the best option.

Muscles surrounding the teeth place pressure on them over time, causing them to shift and move. Wisdom teeth may not have erupted by the time braces are removed, so occasionally wearing a retainer after the initial required period of time can help keep teeth straight.

Bonvino recommends wearing retainers at night, at least several days a week. If wearing a retainer is an issue, our St. Paul orthodontist, she suggests wearing a clear retainer.

"After treatment has ended and the retainer has been worn for the prescribed time, we switch the patient to maintenance mode," Bonvino says. "Basically, that means if the patient does not sleep with the retainer in, they should at least pop it in every few days. If the patient feels pressure when wearing the retainer, they should wear it until teeth feel comfortable wearing the retainer again."

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For more information about Cosmopolitan Orthodontics or Dr. Trudy Bonvino, please call at (952) 469-3333.

About Cosmopolitan Orthodontics
Cosmopolitan Orthodontics opened on June 4, 2009 in Lakeville, MN, followed by a Savage location a year later. The facility features the latest in orthodontic technology. It is designed to provide an outstanding experience for patients and parents.

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  • Dr. Trudy Bonvino
    (952) 469-3333