Retainers can be frustrating for a child to wear; however, the proper use of dental retainers can keep your child’s smiling looking great and functioning properly for a lifetime. Failing to wear a prescribed retainer can cause your child’s teeth to shift into unwanted positions after orthodontic work is complete. Unfortunately, nearly 50% of people who have received orthodontic treatment fail to wear their retainers for the recommended length of time, causing their teeth shift out of position. When this happens, the work must be completed again or is abandoned.

Dr. Lund and Dr. Markham may also suggest a retainer as a form of interceptive orthodontics, fixing children’s teeth and treating malocclusions as early as possible upon detection. We encourage you to bring your children in for an orthodontic assessment at an early age. By treating children before they turn seven or eight years old, it can be much easier to craft a beautiful smile.

There are many developmental issues that interceptive orthodontics can correct including crowded teeth, an uneven bite, a constricted palate, and uneven jaw development. Depending upon the individual needs of your child, Dr. Lund and Dr. Markham may suggest a variety of interceptive orthodontic techniques. After a diagnosis is made, we sit down with your family and carefully explain all the options, treatment plans, and benefits for your child’s dental health.

Orthodontic work can be a significant expense to a family budget, and we never like to see those finances go to waste. Therefore, we place a lot of stress on making sure that your child wears his or her retainer as instructed. To facilitate the wearing of retainers, our dentists strive to create the most comfortable and easy-to-use retainers possible.

If you have any questions about your child’s retainer, if a retainer does not fit properly, or if a retainer has been lost or misplaced, we encourage you to call our office as soon as possible and we will be happy to schedule an appointment for you.

For more information about dental retainers in Price, Utah, we encourage you to call our office at 435.637.9590 and we will gladly assist you.