A high-quality retainer is the best way to maintain your smile after orthodontic treatment. At Bayside Orthodontics in Bayside, New York, Inna Gellerman, DDS, and Emanuel Mizrahi, DDS, create a variety of custom-fit retainers. To find out which type of retainer is right for you, call Bayside Orthodontics or schedule an appointment online today.
Retainers are custom-made oral appliances that hold your teeth in place after orthodontic treatment.
While your teeth may look straight after treatment, the bone and soft tissues that support them are still quite malleable. It can take several months for these tooth-supporting structures to adjust. As a result, your teeth can shift back to their crooked position without a retainer.
Bayside Orthodontics offers several types of retainers, including:
An Essix retainer is a clear, removable device that fits over your teeth. Essix retainers are translucent and mold to the shape of your teeth to blend in with the rest of your smile. An Essix retainer is a suitable option if you’ve had orthodontic treatment for minor misalignment.
A Hawley retainer uses a combination of hard plastic, acrylic, and metal to hold your teeth in place after orthodontic treatment. The removable device consists of a thin metal wire on your front teeth with a small loop that wraps around your canines.
If the team suspects that your teeth will shift back to their original position after orthodontic treatment, they may recommend a bonded retainer. The thin metal device bonds to the back of your teeth with an adhesive material that cements it in place. Bonded retainers are discreet, and you don’t have to worry about removing them for cleaning.
The team at Bayside Orthodontics recommends wearing your retainer as long as possible to prevent your teeth from shifting back to their misaligned position.
It can take several months for your tooth-supporting bone and gum tissue to adapt to the changes in your bite and tooth alignment. During this time, your teeth can shift back to their original position. It’s essential that you continue wearing your retainer while your mouth adapts to these changes.
Ideally, you should expect to wear your retainer for at least 24 months after orthodontic treatment.
For children and adults who struggle to wear their retainer everyday, ask the team at Bayside Orthodontics about bonded retainers.
Retainers allow you to maintain your straight smile after braces. To find the right retainer for you or your child, call Bayside Orthodontics or schedule an appointment online today.