Having any sort of dental work or orthodontic treatment done can be pricey. Even for those with the best dental insurance, paying for orthodontics can be stressful. For parents, we want to make sure you get the highest quality treatment that lasts, and that is why we are committed to educating each patient about their dental procedures and how to make sure they won’t need to do it (and pay for it) again.
The Importance of Dental Retainers
For patients who have recently completed a smile alignment, we recommend that you also receive a retainer to maintain the correct position of your teeth. After all, you made the investment to correct your dental issues – so make sure to take the right steps to maintain the correction. Retainers are essential because they hold your teeth in place, ensuring that your smile is properly holding its alignment long after your braces have been removed.
What is a Dental Retainer?
A retainer is a custom-made oral appliance often used to maintain the alignment of your teeth after orthodontic treatment. If you have finished your orthodontic treatment, our doctors may recommend a retainer to keep your smile properly aligned. As you age, your teeth tend to shift; the retainer ensures that your teeth remain in correct alignment for optimal oral health, functionality, and appearance. There are three main types of retainers available:
- Hawley retainers consist of wires and clasps embedded in a plastic body that covers the roof of the mouth (for the upper arch) or lies along the tongue side of the teeth (for the lower arch). The clasps fit around certain teeth to anchor the retainer in place, while the wire arches across the front of the teeth to maintain their alignment.
- Clear retainers are made of clear plastic and fit snugly over the teeth. A clear retainer is usually more discreet than a Hawley retainer, although it may not be as durable.
- Fixed retainers, also called bonded or permanent retainers, are permanently attached to the backside of the front teeth. They prevent the teeth from shifting out of place and can only be removed by a dental professional.
Your Orthodontic Team in Meridian, ID
Our experienced and knowledgeable dental team will help you determine whether you need a retainer after your orthodontic treatment. For more information, or to schedule a consult, contact us today at one of our six convenient locations near Meridian and Nampa!