Post-orthodontic treatment, it’s essential to preserve that newly perfected smile. We offer a range of retention options, including clear retainers, fixed retainers, Hawley retainers, and Invisalign Vivera retainers. Each type is designed to keep your teeth in their ideal position, ensuring that your orthodontic results last for years to come.
In order to maintain the results achieved through your orthodontic treatment, wearing a retainer is essential. This helps to keep your teeth in their proper positions while the underlying bone rebuilds and adjusts accordingly. It typically takes about four to six months for your new alignment to solidify. Failing to wear a retainer can lead to teeth shifting back to their original positions, undoing the progress made during treatment.
After the initial year of wearing your retainer continuously, your orthodontist may recommend wearing it only at night. However, even after this initial retention period, it is important to continue wearing your retainer daily. Over time, a natural process known as mesial drift can cause your teeth to gradually shift out of alignment. Adhering to your orthodontist’s recommendations regarding retainer usage is the key to maintaining a beautiful smile.
Retainers come in two main types: removable and permanent. Your orthodontist will determine which type is best suited for your specific needs. Depending on your treatment plan, you may be provided with both a removable and a permanent retainer.
Permanent retainers, also known as fixed retainers, consist of a wire that is bonded permanently behind your teeth. These retainers work continuously to preserve your dental alignment. With a little extra cleaning and care, permanent retainers require minimal effort to keep your smile in proper alignment.
Removable orthodontic retainers can be easily taken out and put back in the mouth. There are two main types of removable retainers. The first type is the traditional Hawley retainer, which is composed of plastic and wire and fits snugly onto the top teeth and roof of the mouth. The second type is clear retainers, which are transparent trays custom-fitted to your teeth.
Invisalign Vivera retainers are clear plastic retainers provided to you at the end of your Invisalign treatment. They resemble the Invisalign aligners you have been using and are made from the same SmartTrack plastic material. However, they are thicker than the aligners as their purpose is to maintain your teeth in their final position. These retainers are designed for long-term use and can last for several years if properly cared for. They are even up to twice as durable as regular aligner trays.
Proper maintenance of your retainer is crucial for preserving your smile. Just like you clean your teeth, you should also clean your retainer regularly. Neglecting to do so can lead to the accumulation of food particles, which can contribute to tooth decay.
Use a toothbrush solely dedicated to cleaning your retainer and gently brush all surfaces to remove any debris. Your orthodontist will provide guidance on the appropriate toothpaste or cleaning solution to use. Avoid using harsh or abrasive chemicals, and never expose your retainer to hot water as it may cause warping.
If you have a permanent retainer, proper oral hygiene becomes a bit more challenging. Make sure to brush around and between the wires and bonded areas. When flossing, thread the floss beneath the wire to reach between the teeth effectively.
At Niepraschk Orthodontics, we believe that a radiant smile is a lifelong investment that enhances confidence and leaves a lasting impression. With our team of skilled specialists, state-of-the-art technology, and personalized treatment plans, we are dedicated to creating smiles that stand the test of time. From traditional braces to innovative clear aligners, we offer a comprehensive range of solutions tailored to your unique needs. Experience the joy of a beautifully aligned smile that you can cherish for life. From the moment you step into our modern and welcoming clinic, our friendly team will ensure your comfort and guide you through the journey to your perfect smile.
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