After your treatment is completed, your smile will be hard to look away from. However, you will need to keep your teeth from moving back to their original position by wearing a retainer. Retainers are used to limit and control the changes that take place in your teeth after orthodontic treatment is completed. This is important, since the muscles and bones in your mouth will need to adjust to your teeth in their new position.

Types of Retainers

There is not just one option when it comes to orthodontic care, so of course, there are several options for orthodontic retention of your results. Each retainer has its good and bad attributes, so make a decision that seems as if it would fit you best. Your dentist will discuss options in detail so that you know exactly when you are getting and how to care for your new smile.

Traditional Removeable Retainers

Traditional retainers usually include a metal wire that goes around the front of teeth attached to an acrylic arch piece that covers the roof of the mouth. It can be adjusted so that any minor misalignment can be corrected after treatment is completed. These can be removed so that eating and cleaning teeth is easier, but they can get lost easily.

Aligner-Style Retainers

These retainers may also be called Essix retainers. They look similar to invisible aligners and are a prime choice for patients focused on aesthetics. A clear retainer is fitted over the arch of your teeth or just covering the distance between your canine teeth. They are molded to the shape of your new smile so that they keep teeth in place after orthodontic treatment has been completed.

Fixed Retainers

Fixed retainers are often kept in your mouth for a lifetime. These are wires that have been bonded to the back of teeth on the top or bottom of the mouth. They’re great for patients that don’t want to keep track of their appliances or how long they’ve worn them during the day. They do, however, need more care when flossing in order to remove tartar and plaque.

Speak with your dentist about retainer and which one would be best for your teeth after orthodontic treatment.

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