Once braces are removed and teeth look great, a teeth retainer must be worn routinely to keep teeth in their new positions. To make sure your teeth don’t go back to their pre-treatment places, The Super Dentists encourage you to wear your teeth retainer as prescribed. If your retainer is misplaced, call the office immediately to get a replacement retainer. After spending all the time and money to fix your teeth, it’s in your best interest to wear your retainer. To maintain your new perfect smile and the alignment of your teeth, The Super Dentists have a few teeth retainer options including: Hawley, Fixed and Invisible retainers.
The Hawley retainer is the most commonly used today. It is a removable retainer and made of metal wires and sturdy acrylic. A Hawley retainer is customized for you by taking an impression of your teeth to provide a snug and comfortable fit. Worn in the roof of the mouth, Hawley retainers are designed to maintain the width of the upper arch. One advantage of using Hawley retainers is that The Super Dentists can adjust your retainer as needed. Another benefit is that the acrylic comes in fun colors and patterns for a personalized look.
One of the best ways to prevent your teeth from shifting is by having your retainer permanently attached. Fixed, or bonded lingual teeth retainers, are cemented directly to the inside surface of your upper and lower front six teeth. When brushing, make sure to carefully clean behind your lower teeth as well as the wire. If you have a fixed retainer, you must also be careful with your bite, as the bonding material may break due to incorrect biting, which will cause teeth to shift.
An invisible retainer is designed with cosmetics in mind. It is a transparent, removable clear retainer that fits over the entire arch of teeth. Clear retainers are lightweight, somewhat flexible and very comfortable. They work well to keep teeth in position; however, may need to be replaced with wear.
Based on your desires and what will work best for your teeth, The Super Dentists can recommend the right retainer for you.