What, How, When of Retainers


Braces are orthodontic appliances, but retainers are not, as their purpose is not to move the teeth. It is a fact of life for many brace users that once the brace has been used, a retainer has to be worn, too. This is to prevent the teeth from moving back into their original position.


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The majority of patients who have had orthodontic treatment must wear retainers. If retainers are not worn, then their teeth will soon be misaligned and crooked again. The hard work and sacrifice that have gone into wearing the braces will soon be lost. The necessity to wear a retainer after the brace has been removed is the down side of brace installation.

The main reason for wearing a retainer is to halt the tendency of the teeth to move back in to their original position. Particularly as we go through the aging process, teeth may move in an unpredictable manner. A retainer which is worn for a long period can reduce the impact of these changes and can even prevent them altogether. This means straighter teeth can be assured into the future.

A retainer is fitted when orthodontic treatment has been completed and the braces have been removed. There are two types available – one that can be fixed more permanently on to the teeth and another type that is removable. The orthodontist selects the one that is most useful for the recipient.

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The Secret to being Happy is within you

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Smile Quote No. 10: You’ve got a S-M-I-L-E to be H-A Double P-Y – Shirley Temple Black

When we think of happiness we almost instantly think of smiles. This is because generally when we are sharing happiness with other people we take the time to smile and share smiles. The only way that we can really be happy each day is to spend as much of it as possible smiling and sharing smiles with others. You’ve really got to smile to be happy.

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Braces Treatment for Children

What is the Best Age for Your Child to Get Orthodontic Braces?

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Selecting the most suitable time to commence orthodontic treatment is typically determined by consultation between the orthodontist and the child’s parents. Apart from the physical factors of misaligned and protruding teeth and the stage of development that your child’s teeth have reached, there is also the maturity of your child to take into consideration, too. Rushing into braces too early when your child is not mature enough to take care of the braces may be premature and not lead to the desired results.

Cues used to determine the time for braces

In most cases, Dr. Don Demas, at Team Demas Orthodontics in Southington, does not fit braces until the child has lost all of his or her primary teeth and the 12-year molars have all or, at the least, partly erupted. A straightforward treatment program should only last 12 months. It can markedly exceed this time frame if the braces are positioned on the teeth while there are some baby teeth still evident, or the 12-year molars are not yet visible.


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Be Content and Proud of what you have

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Smile Quote No. 9: This is My Life! I’m Happy to be Living It!

Many of us have difficulty appreciating all of the great things that we have in life whereas others embrace all of the wonderful things that they have and have accomplished so that they can really enjoy living life each and every day.

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How to Get the Perfect Post Braces Results?

I Want a Perfect Smile When My Braces Come Off

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Once orthodontic treatment has reached completion, the final smile is determined not just by your orthodontist but by you, the patient, and the natural behavior of your teeth as well.

Dr. Don Demas, at Team Demas Orthodontics, will improve your smile through the treatment plan he has chosen and the techniques he uses to reposition your teeth. There are crucial decisions that have to be made, including the need for tooth removal, replacing absent teeth or the filling in of a space. The way the jaws are treated is an important part of your smile too.

You must follow all instructions with care

Dr. Demas’s skill and experience will influence how your teeth are to be moved into their final positions. This, of course, will affect your smile. Dr.  Demas will ask you to follow his instructions during your braces treatment program up to when they are finally removed. In order to ensure the outcome of your treatment is maximised, you must wear the rubber bands as suggested, you must attend all appointments and you must thoroughly clean your teeth to prevent the development of white spots on your teeth.

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There is a War and Women Have the Advantage

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Smile Quote No. 8: There is no weapon in the feminine armory to which men are so vulnerable as they are to a smile – Dorothy Dix

Connecting with men can be very difficult for some women. Whether it is nerves or otherwise many women are unsure how to connect with men or break the ice. Strangely enough there is one tool that woman can use to connect with men, a tool that works universally well. A smile is one of the best ways that you can become instantly approachable and a way that you can connect with people almost instantly.

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The Battle of Braces

Lingual Braces v Invisalign

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Nice straight teeth are often highly desirable, but many people do not like being confined to using braces to achieve them. At an older age, braces don’t just look uncomfortable; they can affect the facial appearance while in place. Luckily, in 1998 an innovative breakthrough emerged for tooth re positioning.  This was the launching of Invisalign.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign are plastic aligners that cannot be seen. The public responded quickly to this new development, as they thought that crooked and misaligned teeth could now be corrected without the need for the attachment of brackets and wires to the teeth for long periods of time. It was soon learnt however that Invisalign does not always make a magical improvement, but can be beneficial in certain circumstances. The plastic is simply not strong enough to exert the same force as clear braces, such as lingual and conventional steel braces. This is particularly true for such actions as turning teeth round and lengthening teeth. In moderate to severe teeth alignment cases then, clear braces can be used or conventional metal braces.

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Anyone can be Superman, At Heart At Least

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Smile Quote No. 7: Nothing Shakes the Smiling Heart – Santosh Kalwar

By spending your whole day smiling you can find a difference in the way that you feel. A smile can instantly change the way that we feel and can make our whole body feel good. When we are faced with challenges and they are met with a positive attitude we can have a much greater level of success overcoming them.

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FAQ’s: Child Orthodontics

What is the Best Age for My Child to See an Orthodontist?

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Seven years of age has been considered for a long time the most appropriate age for your child to attend an orthodontist for the first time. Dr. Don Demas, of  Team Demas Orthodontics, fully supports this age too, as it is the best age for a child’s teeth to be assessed for either immediate treatment or possible treatment at a later age.

Once a child has reached the age of 8, it is most likely that he or she will have lost their first eight teeth. These are incisors and are normally immediately replaced by eight permanent teeth. At 6 years of age, the emergence of your child’s first four molars, those that will become permanent, takes place. Therefore, by 7 years of age, most children will have no less than four permanent incisors and four permanent molars. If the number of teeth is less or more than that, problems of crowding, extra or missing teeth might eventuate.

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