All corrective treatments begin with an initial consultation to create a treatment plan tailored to your particular dental needs. If you’re unsure if you should seek out treatment, a consultation with us can determine if you would benefit from orthodontics or other corrective dentistry.
Part of maintaining the smile from any orthodontics or corrective treatment involves routinely wearing your retainer. A retainer is a custom-made appliance created from impressions of your teeth that holds your teeth in place. It is typically prescribed after orthodontic treatment to keep your teeth in place. There are three different types of retainers a dentist or orthodontist may recommend you use after treatment:
Bonded retainer: A bonded retainer, also known as a permanent retainer, is attached to your teeth after treatment to keep your teeth in place. It is typically used when you need to wear your retainer at all times as a follow-up to your treatment.
Wire retainer: Wire retainers, or Hawley retainers, are removable. They can be taken out for eating and cleaning, but similar to bonded retainers, should be worn routinely to maintain the alignment of your teeth.
Clear plastic retainer: Clear plastic retainers are one of the most popular retainers. They are molded to fit your teeth perfectly and hold your teeth in alignment. Like wire retainers, these are also removable, but because they are clear and molded to fit your teeth, they are not as visible and are seen to be more attractive for cosmetic reasons.
When you first complete dental treatment, you may be instructed to wear your retainer all day and all night. However, once time has passed, and especially if you have a removable retainer, you may be given a different routine for your retainers based on your teeth. Throughout time, your teeth will move, but consistently wearing a retainer helps to slow this process and keep your teeth as straight as when you first completed dental treatment.