After your braces are removed, we begin the retention stage of your treatment. The retention phase lasts for a minimum of 24 months. Your final orthodontic result depends on your retainers, so follow through with the hard work you’ve put in so far. Remember to remove your retainer before brushing and brush your retainer before placing it back in your mouth. Learn more about the retainers and its features which is mentioned below.
Fitting over the entire arch of the teeth, the Essix retainer is a transparent removable retainer. It is similar to Invisalign® trays as it does not have any wires. Inexpensive and easier to wear, they can be used for other treatments as well, including tooth movement and bridges.
Bonded lingual retainers are cemented directly to the inside surface of your lower canines (eye teeth). As it is permanently attached, this is one of the best ways to prevent your lower teeth from shifting. Patients with bonded lingual retainers must be careful with their bite as the bonding material may break due to incorrect biting and cause teeth to shift quickly. As with removable retainers, it is important to keep them clean. When brushing, make sure to carefully clean the inside of your lower teeth as well as the wire.
The Hawley retainer is a common retainer and is removable. It is made of a combination of metal wires and sturdy acrylic and is designed to keep your teeth in place. This retainer is specially made from impressions of your teeth so that it fits snugly and comfortably in the roof of your mouth, while any wire or acrylic framing keeps your teeth in perfect position. The acrylic can also be personalized with a large number of colours and/or patterns.
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