You’ve worked hard for your beautiful smile; keep it that way!
Finally, your braces have been removed and your smile is beautiful, straight, and best of all, metal-free! However, your orthodontic journey isn’t quite completed. To keep your smile looking its best, you’ll have to wear a retainer to preserve and stabilize your results. Retainers are needed to control or limit potential changes in tooth position. They are used after braces treatment to hold teeth in their correct alignment while the surrounding gums, bone, and muscle adjust to the new positioning of your teeth.
TYPES OF RETAINERS
Retainers are custom-made and can be removable or fixed.
- Traditional removable retainers typically include a metal wire that surrounds the front teeth and is attached to an acrylic arch that sits in the roof of the mouth. The metal wires can be adjusted to finish treatment and continue minor movement of the front teeth as needed.
- Aligner-style retainers, or Essix retainers, look similar to clear aligners and offer a more aesthetic alternative to wire retainers. This clear retainer may fit over the entire arch of your teeth, or only from canine to canine (clip-on retainer). It is produced from a mold of your newly aligned teeth.
- Fixed retainers consist of wires bonded behind the bottom and/or top teeth. While the device is usually required no more than a year after wisdom teeth have been extracted, it is often kept in place for life.
PROS AND CONS
- Removable retainers can be taken out for eating and hygiene routines.
- Removable retainers can get lost easily, so remember to keep yours in the case whenever you remove it to eat or brush.
- A fixed retainer is great if you don’t want to keep track of it, or if you don’t want to worry about how many hours per day it must be worn.
- Teeth with fixed retainers require a little extra attention to remove tartar while flossing. Patients with fixed retainers often must use floss threaders to pass dental floss through the small spaces between the retainer and the teeth.
Did You Know?
If you don’t wear your retainer, your teeth will continue to shift throughout your life. Wearing your retainer is an essential part of ensuring that you enjoy a long-lasting, beautiful smile. Retainers typically have to be replaced every 3 to 5 years. Because we are so committed to giving our patients amazing smiles that last a lifetime, we offer a Lifetime Retainer Program. This program helps to keep you from ever needing to replace retainers at full price.
Retainers For Life!
The Lifetime Retainer Program allows you to have your retainers replaced at any time throughout your life for a small co-payment if $20 per arch, which are normally $300 per arch to replace. The Lifetime Retainer Program fees are non-refundable or transferable. Typical turnaround time for delivery of retainers is 1 to 2 business days: however, this may vary depending on practice and patient availability.
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