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Maintain the perfect position of your teeth post-treatment with our tailored retainers.

Introduction to Retainers

Retainers are custom-made orthodontic devices typically used after braces are removed. They are designed to hold teeth in their new positions and prevent them from gradually shifting back to their original state. Wearing a retainer is a critical phase of your orthodontic treatment and is key to maintaining the results achieved through braces or aligners.

Benefits of Wearing Retainers

  • Maintains Alignment: Retainers help stabilize your dental correction by holding teeth in their new position during the adjustment period.
  • Prevents Relapse: Without a retainer, teeth can shift back towards their original positions, undoing the alignment improvements made with braces.
  • Supports Bone Reorganization: After teeth have moved, the bone around the teeth needs time to reorganize. Retainers support this process.
  • Helps with Speech Problems: For some, retainers can aid in adjusting speech issues that result from the new tooth alignment.

Types of Retainers

There are several types of retainers, each suited to different needs and preferences:

  • Hawley Retainers: Made of metal wires and acrylic, these retainers are durable and adjustable, allowing for minor dental adjustments post-braces.
  • Clear Retainers: Made of transparent plastic, these fit snugly over your teeth, are less noticeable than Hawley retainers, and are popular among adults.
  • Fixed Retainers: Bonded directly to the inside surface of the teeth, these are typically used when there's a high risk of teeth moving back to their original positions.

What to Expect with Retainers

Using retainers involves a few key steps:

  1. Fitting: After your braces are removed, impressions of your teeth are taken to create a custom-fit retainer.
  2. Wear Schedule: Initially, you may need to wear your retainer all the time. Your orthodontist will gradually adjust this schedule, potentially reducing it to night-time wear only.
  3. Follow-Up Visits: Regular appointments will ensure your retainer fits well and your teeth remain in alignment.

Caring for Your Retainers

Proper care extends the life of your retainers and helps maintain your oral health:

  • Cleaning: Clean your retainer daily to remove bacteria and food particles. Use a soft toothbrush and mild soap or a cleaner recommended by your orthodontist.
  • Storage: When not in use, store your retainer in its case to prevent damage and loss.
  • Avoid Heat: Keep your retainer away from heat sources, as heat can warp the plastic.

Schedule Your Retainer Consultation

Whether you are nearing the end of your orthodontic treatment or need a replacement retainer, contact us today to schedule a consultation. Our team is committed to helping you maintain the beautiful, straight smile you've worked hard to achieve.

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