Join Any Savings Plan Today & Get 1 Extra Month Free!
Close X

you are here:DentalPlans.com > Dental Health Articles > Researchers discuss retainer trends

Researchers discuss retainer trends
Updated: 3/24/2011 8:59:59 PM

After braces are removed many dentists prove patients with retainers to help maintain their straight teeth Researchers from Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine recently surveyed hundreds of dentists and orthodontic patients to discover common trends in retainer prescription and use.

According to the poll's results, a total of 58 percent of dentists provided their patients with removable retainers, while 40 percent performed procedures to affix permanent versions of the devices to their patients' teeth.

The majority of responses from dentists indicated that they recommend full-time retainer use for nine months after an individual has his or her braces removed. The tools should also be worn intermittently throughout life to ensure that a person's teeth have not shifted, according to the results.

Despite these instructions from dentists, the researchers found that 4 percent of patients with retainers never wore them. The findings also showed that 69 percent of prescribed users wore the corrective devices at night, while 60 percent kept the retainers in their mouths for at least 10 hours during the day.

The investigators said they were optimistic about retainer compliance and effectiveness, since many of the surveyed individuals answered that they continued to use the same apparatus two years after their initial fittings. This suggests that the patients' teeth did not return to a misaligned state.

For more information on discount dental plans call 1-888-632-5353

© 2011 Brafton Inc.

 

The materials and articles published on DentalPlans.com are for informational purposes only. Although DentalPlans.com strives to be accurate and complete, the information is provided without liability for errors. DentalPlans.com does not warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information, text graphics, links, or other items contained on DentalPlans.com.

DentalPlans.com expressly disclaims liability for errors or omissions in these materials and DentalPlans.com makes no commitment to update the information on DentalPlans.com.

DentalPlans.com expressly disclaims all liability for the use or interpretation by others of information on DentalPlans.com. Decisions based on information contained on DentalPlans.com are the sole responsibility of the visitors, and visitors agree to hold DentalPlans.com and its Affiliates harmless against any claims for damages arising from decisions visitors make on such information.

Nothing on DentalPlans.com constitutes medical advice or other forms of advice. DentalPlans.com assumes no responsibility for material created or published by third parties linked to DentalPlans.com with or without DentalPlans.com’s knowledge.