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Braces are designed to fix the alignment of your bite. Retainers maintain that alignment. After your braces are removed you or your child will receive a retainer. If it isn’t actually worn, the lay of one’s teeth can quite easily return to its original positioning, rendering the cost and effort of orthodontics for naught.

So yes, wearing a retainer is extremely important. But did you know there are even more benefits? Here are some other perks:

1. According to the Consumer Guide to Dentistry, special types of retainers can help normalize your breathing patterns so you no longer snore, which in turn promotes better sleep.
2. A retainer can help adjust the tongue placement of those with speech impediments, making it easier to form clear speech.
3. Straighter teeth are about more than just aesthetics; it actually improves your oral health and even your overall health. The logic goes like this: Straight teeth are easier to clean. They hide less bad bacteria and you are therefore less likely to develop dental problems. Healthy teeth will enable you to chew your food better, which promotes better digestive health. In fact, straighter teeth is directly inversely linked to diabetes, for example. Your digestion affects your other body systems and your overall health.

Have questions about your future or current retainer? Please call Somerset Family Dental in Gilbert, Arizona at 480-359-1478 to schedule an appointment.