Orthodontic retainers: Keep your straight teeth from relapsing
ORTHODONTIC RETAINERS IN SAN CLEMENTE, ORANGE COUNTY, CA
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An orthodontic retainer is an appliance used to maintain your teeth position after completion of orthodontic treatment. Whereas braces and clear aligners help move and straighten your teeth, retainers help maintain your teeth position going forward. Typically, you will receive your retainers as soon as you’re finished with your braces or aligner treatment. Make sure to wear your retainers as recommended if you want to keep your teeth straight. Otherwise, your teeth will slowly shift back to their original position over the next few years. This is referred to as orthodontic relapse. In fact, sometimes orthodontic relapse is so bad that you have to redo your orthodontic program!
To learn more about retainers or to schedule an orthodontic consultation, give us a call. We can be reached at (949) 481-2540 or you can schedule your consult online today. Don’t wait until your teeth are crooked again, schedule your appointment with us at out San Clemente, Orange County dental office today.
There are three types of orthodontic retainers: Hawley retainers, Essix (clear) retainers and fixed retainers. Here is what you need to know about each type of retainer and what it does:
A Hawley retainer consists of a large acrylic section attached to a metal wire. The arcylic sits inside your mouth to secure the retainer in place while the metal wire holds your teeth’s position. Hawley retainers are removable retainers, which means you can take them in and out of your mouth. These retainers are a good option for teenagers who have just completed their braces treatment. Typically, you need to wear your Hawley retainers most or all day until your dentist or orthodontist has told you to. Follow your dentist’s recommendation on how to properly wear your Hawley retainers.
Essix (clear) retainers
An Essix retainer (clear retainer) is made from firm, clear plastic which resembles teeth aligners. Many patients prefer Essix retainers to Hawley retainers because they are less visible, less bulky and more comfortable to wear. However, clear retainers aren’t as effective in long-term preservation of your tooth position. Plus, clear retainers lose their effectiveness and need to be replaced every few years. Our clear aligner program even28 comes with a set of clear Essix retainers included with every program. To learn more about even28 clear teeth aligners, click here.
Fixed retainers (metal wire)
Whereas Hawley and Essix retainers are removable, fixed retainers are fixed in your mouth. Essentially, they are permanently glued on to the back of your front teeth. As a result, fixed retainers can not be removed from your mouth unless your dentist removes them for you. Fixed retainers are a better option for people who don’t comply with wearing their removable retainers. The biggest disadvantage of fixed retainers is that the teeth which they attach to become more difficult to clean.
Generally, your dentist or orthodontist will recommend which type of retainers are best for you. They take many factors into consideration, such as how crooked your teeth were, how long you wore braces, your oral hygiene and other factors. Call Oceansight Dental & Implants to learn more about different types of retainers or to schedule an orthodontic consult. You can reach us at (949)481-2540 or schedule your consult online. Dr. Jazayeri will examine your teeth and bite to help you determine which type of retainer is best for you.
Each type of retainer has its own implication as well as advantages and disadvantages. As such, the best retainer for you depends on your individual needs. For example, Hawley retainers work best for teenagers who just finished braces treatment. If you received clear aligner orthodontic treatment then wearing a clear Essix retainer is the most easiest to transition to. Finally, if your teeth had substantial movement or if you don’t feel like remembering to wear your retainers then fixed retainers are your best option.
Only you and your dentist can determine which type of retainer is best for you. To learn more about different types of retainers and see which bests suits your needs give us a call today. You can reach us at (949) 481-2540 or come into our San Clemente, Orange County dental office to learn more.
Removable retainers are very effective in maintaining your teeth position over time. Of course that’s only if you wear them like you are instructed to do so. Compliance is key with removable retainers and failure to wear your removable retainers will cause your teeth to shift back towards their original position. Additionally, most removable retainers gradually lose their effectiveness over time. This means you may need to have your retainers replaced or adjusted every few years. Finally, it’s not uncommon to break or lose your removable retainers over time. This means you have to purchase a new retainer, which is typically quite expensive, or wait and see if your teeth will start shifting again (which theyt will!).
The biggest advantage of fixed retainers is that they always stay on your teeth. This means that you don’t ever have to worry about forgetting to wear your retainers again. On the other hand, the biggest disadvantage of fixed retainers is that the teeth supporting them become very difficult to clean. If you don’t diligently clean these teeth diligently, you will develop dental cavities or gum disease. Therefore, it is very important that you clean your fixed retainers regularly and maintain your periodic dental cleanings if you choose to receive fixed retainers.
Call us to learn more about different types of retainers or any other orthodontic related treatments. Give us a call at (949) 481-2540 or book your orthdontic consult today. Our dentist, Dr. Jazayeri, will access your teeth and bite in our San Clemente, Orange County dental office. He will help you decide which type of retainer is best for you. Don’t wait until your teeth become crooked just because you don’t have a retainers! Orthodontic treatment is a lot more work and much more expensive than a retainer! Give us a call today and we can help you maintain and keep your straight smile. To learn more about orthodontic treatments click on the following links:
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