At Daghlian Pediatric Dentistry & Sokolowski Orthodontics, our orthodontist understands how exciting it is to have your braces removed to reveal your beautiful new smile. He also knows the importance of maintaining these wonderful results through orthodontic retention. Once your braces are removed, Dr. Paul Sokolowski will most likely have you wear a retainer. He will work with you to determine your best retainer option while educating you on how to properly wear and care for it. We invite you to contact us at 949-706-7006 to learn more about our retainers in Newport Beach, California!
Retainers are custom-made oral appliances used to keep your child’s teeth in their newly-straightening positions after they have completed orthodontic treatment. Teeth tend to shift as you age, and a retainer helps ensure that they remain properly aligned for optimal oral health, function, appearance, and hygiene.
There are 3 main types of retainers available:
- Hawley retainers – Hawley retainers consist of wires and clasps embedded in a plastic body. When provided for the upper arch of teeth, they cover the root of the mouth; when provided for the lower arch, they lie along the tongue side of the teeth. The clasps of the retainer fit around certain teeth to anchor it in place, and a wire reaches across the front of the teeth to maintain proper alignment.
- Clear retainers – this type of retainer is made of clear plastic, and is designed to fit snugly over your teeth. Clear retainers are more discreet than Hawley retainers, but are not as durable.
- Fixed (permanent) retainers) – fixed retainers are permanently attached to the rear surfaces of your front teeth to prevent the teeth from shifting out of place, and can only be removed by a dentist. Permanent retainers are typically worn for a minimum of 2 years, through you may also wear them for longer.
Permanent retainers have been proven be much more effective than removable retainers, with the added bonus that they are practically invisible. Permanent retainers are small metal bars that span across the tongue surfaces of your teeth. Once placed, they are very comfortable, and keep your teeth straight without any extra effort on your part. If you receive a permanent retainer, you will never need to worry about losing or breaking your retainer by accident!
If you have any questions about retainers, or to make an appointment with our orthodontist, please contact our office today.