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Sunday, 14 October 2007
05:01:29 PM (GMT)
Dear kittycatt-

My dentist just gave me my retainer and my friends have braces, I dont like them. Is
there anything I can Do?

-Girl With Retainer  

Dear Girl With Retainer,

Why Do I Need to Wear a Retainer?
There are different reasons why you might need a retainer. The most common reason is
to help your teeth stay set in their new positions after wearing braces. It's
important to wear your retainer because as your body grows, your teeth do some
shifting. The retainer helps to control this shifting, which occurs naturally.
What's a Retainer?
A retainer is a piece of plastic and metal that is custom-made for each individual
kid who needs one. It fits the top of the teeth and mouth. No two retainers are
alike, even though many look similar. Retainers are really common. In fact, most
people (kids and adults) who have braces have to wear a retainer for at least a
little while after getting their braces taken off. Other people wear them to close
gaps in their teeth, to help with speech problems, or to solve certain medical

P.S. I have a spacer - that is on the roof of my mouth. People call it a retainer.
Retainers go Above your teeth, Spaces go on the roof of your mouth and  braces go on
your teeth.


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