Along with routine checkups, using a retainer after your braces come off is one of the most effective ways to maintain the results of your orthodontic treatment. My Orthodontist is proud to offer multiple types of retainers, including Essix, bonded, and Hawley retainers, that they can fit on the same day that you get your braces off. Call the office at one of the practice’s nine locations in Deptford Township, Lawrenceville, Medford, Bayonne, West New York, West Orange, Cherry Hill, and Paterson, New Jersey, and Langhorne, Pennsylvania, or use the online scheduler to book an appointment.
Retainers are custom-made devices that help preserve the new position of your teeth after you undergo orthodontic treatment with braces. They’re important because although your teeth appear straight after wearing braces, it takes several months for the soft tissues and bone that hold your teeth in place to adjust to their new positions. Retainers help prevent your teeth from moving back to their old, misaligned state.
Each person’s teeth are different, and your specialist at My Orthodontist goes over the personalized instructions for the wear and care of your retainer. The retention phase usually lasts 24 months, but ideally, you continue to wear your retainer as long as possible so that you can optimize the final results of your orthodontic treatment.
My Orthodontist offers several different types of retainers that include:
Essix retainers provide minor corrections to misaligned teeth and maintain the position of your teeth after orthodontic treatment. These retainers are removable retainers made of plastic that cover the entire arch of your teeth. The retainers are customized to the unique shape of each patient’s mouth and guide your upper and lower teeth into a position where they’re straight, even, and aligned with each other.
Bonded retainers are made up of a curved solid or braided wire that is cemented to the back of your teeth, usually the lower set. Your orthodontist may suggest this type of retainer if they suspect that your teeth may relapse after orthodontic treatment. Bonded retainers are usually a great option for children who have a harder time following care instructions for a removable retainer.
The Hawley removable retainer is made of a combination of metal wire and plastic that is molded to the shape of your mouth. The wires sit on your front teeth and loop near your canines to perform minor adjustments as your teeth settle after orthodontic treatment.
The team at My Orthodontist can help you understand the benefits to each type of retainer and help you choose the right option for your specific needs.
The team at My Orthodontist is proud to offer same-day retainers that can be fitted right after your braces come off.
To learn more about the various types of retainers and how each can benefit you, call the nearest office, or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment today.