Retention After Braces
What To Expect After Braces
Everyone waits for the big day when they’re finally free from metal brackets and wires, difficult flossing, and restrictive eating! But life after braces can still mean using a retaining device to ensure all that hard work doesn’t go to waste.
Fortunately, retainers have a lot of options and we will work with you to find the right fit for your post-braces treatment and lifestyle. Most retainers are worn overnight, but we will give you a clear treatment plan on when to wear yours and how to care for it.
Once your braces come off, we want to make sure that your teeth stay where we’ve put them! A retainer is used to ensure your teeth stay straight and in the proper alignment.
There are a few different types of retainers that you can use after your braces treatment is complete.
Similar in appearance to Invisalign, Essix retainers are made from Essix
ACE® Plastic. They’re nearly invisible and are the most common type of retainer we use. Essix retainers are easy to wear, are very durable, and provide excellent retention. They do not interfere with the daily cleaning of your teeth because they are completely removable!
The Hawley retainer is what you typically think of when you picture a retainer. A metal with a pink acrylic piece that sits on the palate. Hawley retainers are used if you are missing a tooth and under other special clinical circumstances. .
A fixed retainer is pretty much exactly what it sounds like – a wire is bonded to the inside of the teeth, and the retainer can’t be removed. These retainers are used when dramatic orthodontic treatments have been used and the risk of movement is high. Fixed retainers require special attention as they require a specific flossing technique. It is important to use a floss threader but also to be gentle to avoid damaging the wire or breaking the bond. It is very important to keep this area clean to maintain healthy teeth. Fixed retainers do need to be checked on a more routine basis to make sure that they are still effectively holding your teeth in place.
Do you have questions about retainers? Call us today to discuss your options.