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Retainers for Post-Orthodontic Treatment

Dental Care ServiceBraces are a common orthodontic appliance for straightening teeth; many patients need to wear them for some time, but many patients often find the process painful and disconcerting. Many patients need to wear retainers after braces.

Retainers are effective for post-orthodontic treatments. Retainers hold your teeth in their ‘final’ position while the gums and cheekbones adapt to the change of ‘being’ without braces. The following are the three common types of retainers:

Bonded Retainers

The experts at Orthodenco Orthodontic Lab explain that bonded retainers lie on the inner surface of your lower canines and require the use of a bonding material to cement to your teeth. Patients using this type of retainer should maintain the right biting posture. An incorrect biting mechanism can cause the bonding material to break and shift the position of the teeth. This could render the retainers ineffective.

Clear Retainers

These retainers are removable, transparent, and have no wires. These retainers fit the entire arch of the teeth to position the teeth correctly. These retainers are useful in preventing tooth wear. Some people grind their teeth at night as a result of teeth grinding at night (bruxism).  Clear retainers are also useful in correcting minor tooth improvements.

Hawley Retainers

Hawley retainers consist of a metal wire that goes around the anterior teeth to keep them in place. Hawley retainers are removable and mimic your teeth to allow comfortable fitting in your mouth. The wire has an acrylic framing that is customizable so that it could fit you.
Retention treatment is an effective post-orthodontic procedure when a patient follows their dentist’s guidelines. You should wear your retainers full time for about a year. Do not, however, eat or brush your teeth when wearing retainers. If you just concluded your brace treatment, obtain bonded retainers to continue your journey for the perfect smile.

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