Retainers are imperative post orthodontic treatment to maintain your treatment result.
At Straight Orthodontics we recommend our patients follow up their orthodontic treatment with a retainer to maintain their perfect smile for life.
After your braces have been removed, you will move to the retention stage of the treatment. This is imperative in maintaining the results you achieved over the entire orthodontic process. The supervised retention phase lasts for a minimum of 24 months. You will be asked to reduce the frequency of retainer wear, but we will never ask you to stop wearing the retainer. If the retainer is not worn following treatment, it will have an undesirable effect on the final outcome. Your long-term result is entirely dependent on whether the retainer is worn.
The most common type of retainer is the Hawley Retainer, this retainer is removable. The Hawley Retainer is made of acrylic, as well as a combination of metal wires designed to keep your teeth in place and prolong the effect of the braces. Your orthodontist will take impressions or intraoral scans of your teeth to make the retainer, so it fits perfectly in the roof of your mouth, while any wire or acrylic framing keeps your teeth in perfect position. The acrylic can also be personalised with a large number of colours and patterns.
Bonded lingual retainers are cemented directly to the inside surface of your lower canines (eye teeth). This can be a great way to prevent your lower teeth from shifting as it is permanently attached! As with removable retainers, it is important to keep them clean. When brushing, carefully clean the inside of your lower teeth as well as the wire. If your retainer breaks at any time during the retention phase, please do not adjust it yourself. Call us immediately to schedule an emergency appointment.
The Essix retainer is a clear removable retainer that fits over the entire arch of teeth. Essix retainers have no metal wires and are virtually invisible. They are very durable, inexpensive and easy to wear.
Retainers in Mentone
If you have any issues or further questions about your retainer or what the retention phase of your orthodontic treatment will entail, please don’t hesitate to contact our team at Straight Orthodontics.