Your Teeth Are Straight Now, But Your Mission Isn’t Over
You spent a lot of time and put a lot of effort into your successful orthodontic therapy. Though your teeth are aligned and your smile is dazzling, you aren’t over the finish line quite yet. Following active treatment, most people need to wear retainers.
At the office of Orthodontics, Inc., our highly skilled, knowledgeable professionals are at the forefront of new technologies to make your orthodontic needs as efficient and effective as possible. We create an atmosphere that’s professional, warm and friendly, and our whole staff takes an interest in you and all of your orthodontic needs.
Retainers’ jobs are to let the bones under the moved teeth rebuild and keep the teeth in their new places. Your orthodontist will tell you when you’ll need to wear one and for how long. It’s not unusual for patients to have to wear one at night for the rest of their lives. When cared for properly, a retainer will hold up for numerous years. But like most objects, it will need to be replaced eventually.
There are two main types of retainers: removable (the patient inserts and removes it) and fixed (the orthodontist inserts and removes it). The orthodontist will decide, based on your needs, which is best for you.
A removable retainer is wire or clear. The wires ones are made of a plastic-like material and, well, wire. The portion that covers the roof of your mouth or goes behind your lower front teeth match the pink shade of your mouth’s interior. Some wire retainers can even sport made-to-order pizzazz: fun designs, graphics, logos or diverse tints.
Meanwhile, clear retainers, also known as invisible retainers, are translucent trays made of a plastic-like material that exactly match your teeth’s new formation. As for the fixed retainer, it’s a thin custom-fitted wire that’s bonded to the inner side of lower or upper teeth.
Whichever retainer you’re prescribed, you’ll revisit your orthodontist for periodic checks. And always remember that retainers work only when they’re in your mouth.
If you need any type of orthodontic treatment, the office of Orthodontics, Inc. is here to help. Your comfort is our top priority, and we will take the time to address your every concern and explain your options. For more information about our many services, please call us today.