Care Following Orthodontics - Retainers

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Care Following Orthodontics – Retainers

Once braces are removed, teeth need to settle into the jawbone and soft tissue that grip them in place. After removing braces, most patients use retainers during the retention period. This process certifies that the teeth do not fall back into their former position.

Whether the retainers are made of wire and plastic or solid plastic, they will stop your teeth from shifting in the future. Your teeth could potentially shift with age as well. Fortunately, retainers also stop this from occurring.

What are the types of removable retainers?

Hawley Retainers: These retainers have an arrangement that includes wires and clasps ingrained in a somewhat thick plastic body that covers over the roof of the your mouth. It may also sit along the tongue side of your bottom teeth.

Clear Retainers: These clear plastic retainers are created by taking a cast of your teeth. They may not be as durable as Hawley retainers, but they are a bit less noticeable.

Fixed Retainers: These bonded retainers are attached directly to the backsides of the front teeth. A fixed retainer is commonly used in situations where there has been a rapid movement of the teeth.

What to consider while using retainers?

  • Removable retainers are easy to use. Be careful when taking them off!
  • Do not eat or drink while wearing a retainer. This can damage your teeth and the device.
  • Safely and constantly clean the retainer. Be sure to get rid of the calculus and bacteria!

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