Now that you’ve completed your orthodontic treatment, it is time to embark on to the next stage of your treatment: wearing retainers. Retainers can be removable or fixed in place. They are designed to hold your teeth in place and prevent newly straightened teeth from shifting.
At Flower Mound Orthodontics, we are committed to providing high-quality solutions for our patients. Flower Mound orthodontist Dr. Wayne L. Sankey will evaluate your teeth and jaw to determine if removable or permanent retainers are right for you. To learn more about your options, contact our Lewisville area orthodontics office to schedule a consultation.
Why Should I Wear a Retainer?
Even after your teeth are moved into their desired position, factors such as teeth grinding, chewing, and growth can encourage orthodontic relapse. Many orthodontists recommend wearing a retainer to reduce the risk of your teeth shifting. To avoid any complications after completing your orthodontic treatment, it is important to wear your retainer as your orthodontist prescribed. Once you start your retainer, Dr. Sankey will schedule periodic check-ups to ensure your teeth remain in their proper position.
Types of Retainers
Essix retainers help guide and position your teeth to create a more aligned smile. While orthodontic treatment can help reposition the teeth, once they are set in place, they can still shift. An Essix retainer can help your teeth stay in their intended position after you have completed your orthodontic treatment. These clear, custom aligners fit comfortably over your teeth, allowing you to complete your final stage of orthodontic treatment comfortably and without irritation.
Unlike traditional retainers, Essix retainers are made of a translucent plastic, which makes them virtually invisible and less noticeable than traditional wire retainers. Patients also have the option to remove their retainer to brush and floss as they please; this also allows for a deeper clean with the retainer itself.
Bonded retainers are attached to the back of the teeth on either the upper arch, lower arch or both to maintain tooth position without a removable appliance. This type of retainer is attached and removed in our office and can offer smile retention with less daily maintenance. We will demonstrate how to brush and floss to keep your smile healthy without damaging your bonded retainer.
With good oral hygiene and routine dental care, a bonded retainer can last for several years. The condition of your retainer should be monitored to look for damage or changes that could impact your lasting smile.
How To Clean Your Retainer
Our team will instruct you on the proper ways to clean your retainer, which may include brushing your retainer before you put them in and after they are removed. You can also clean your retainer with a gentle cleanser, which is similar to the solution used to clean dentures. A few simple tips to consider when caring your retainer:
- Avoid applying heat of any kind to your retainer.
- Rinse your retainer with cold water every time to remove it or place it in your mouth.
- Store your retainer in its case when you’re not wearing it.
- Brush and clean your retainer after each meal.
With proper care and maintenance, your retainer should last many years and support the health and structure of your new smile.
Retainers in Flower Mound, TX
Learn more about retainers and our Retainers 4 Life program at Flower Mound Orthodontics. Our team will gladly answer any question you may have and discuss all viable treatment options. To schedule an orthodontic appointment, call 972.833.8212 or request an appointment online.