Even though you have completed orthodontic treatment, your teeth and jaw ligaments still need time to be adjusted to their new positions. Wearing a retainer ensures that your teeth will stay in their corrected position to avoid reversal. After all, you have worked hard to reach your dream smile, and we want to keep it that way.
A retainer is an orthodontic appliance made from plastic or acrylic material we customize to fit your teeth to keep them from shifting. Our orthodontists will share with you the types of retainers we offer and discuss the recommended length of time you should wear your retainer. Here are the three most common types of retainers:
- Clear retainers are a more aesthetically pleasing option thanks to their discreet design. They are made from plastic material and are often used after Invisalign® treatment.
- Fixed retainers are permanently attached to the back of your teeth and can only be removed by a dentist.
- Hawley retainers involve wires and metal clasps attached to a plastic body. The metal clasps are secured to certain teeth while the wires arches along the front of the teeth to keep their alignment.
You should clean your retainers every day like your own teeth. You can do this by carefully scrubbing your retainer with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a small amount of nonabrasive toothpaste. You can also soak your retainer with a retainer cleaner as an extra step to keep it clean.