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Post-treatment maintenance is necessary. We make it easy.
What are retainers?
Retainers are custom orthodontic devices designed to maintain your teeth’s new position after orthodontic treatment. These retaining devices are either made of thermoformed plastic or acrylic and metal wire. Retainers are typically removable but can also be fixed or glued to the back of the teeth.
Retainers are a vital part of the orthodontic process due to the potential for teeth to relapse into their previous, improper positions. Patients can expect to wear their retainers full time for the first seven weeks post-treatment. After that, retainers must be worn every night to prevent relapse.
What are the different types of retainers?
There are three different types of retainers offered at our Anacapa Orthodontics offices:
Hawley: removable retainer, made of thin metal wires and an acrylic molded arch. Designed to fit comfortably on the palate of the mouth, and generally considered more durable.
Essix: removable retainer, made entirely of a high tech, nearly invisible thermoplastic. Designed to be invisible so patients will wear them more often.
Fixed: bonded retainer, made of a single wire that is cemented to the back of your teeth. Designed for cases where the orthodontist believes relapse is more likely to occur, they also have the added benefit of being hidden.
What are the benefits of retainers?
Retainers are essential for those who have had orthodontic work done and wish to maintain their newly acquired smile. Without a retainer, many patients may see their teeth slowly shift back into their initial positions due to relapse, which can be discouraging after all their hard work.
Also, retainers are sturdy and custom built to last. If a patient is ever in need of a new retainer Dr. Smith can replace retainers using his own 3D printer. Gone are the days of having to get goopy, gooey retainer impressions.
Why Anacapa Orthodontics?
Finding the right orthodontist to take care of your smile is not an easy task. Rest assured knowing that our board-certified orthodontist Dr. Ken Smith has the training and experience needed to take on any smile big or small.
Your journey to an epic smile begins here. Call us today at Anacapa Orthodontics and schedule an appointment.