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Orthodontic Retention

Maintain Your Radiant Smile Post-Braces

Congratulations on achieving that stunning, straight smile! But remember, the journey doesn’t end when the braces come off. To ensure your teeth stay in their new position, a retainer is essential. It helps stabilize your teeth as the surrounding tissues adapt to their new alignment.

Kinds of Retainers

  1. 1. Removable Retainers: These can be taken out during meals and oral care routines. They typically come in two styles:
  • Traditional: Features a metal wire across the front teeth linked to an acrylic arch in the mouth’s roof. It can be adjusted to refine tooth alignment.
  • Aligner-style (Essix) Retainers: These resemble clear aligners and are less conspicuous than wire retainers. They can cover all your teeth or just specific ones based on a mold of your newly straightened teeth.
  1. 2. Fixed Retainers: These are wires bonded to the back of your teeth, usually maintained for at least a year post-braces but often kept lifelong.

Advantages and Drawbacks

Removable: Offers flexibility but can be misplaced. Always store in its case when not in use.

Fixed: Ideal for those who prefer not to monitor wear time. However, they demand extra care during dental hygiene, especially when flossing. Floss threaders might be required to clean around them.