Types of Retainers
Retainers may be removable or fixed. They hold your teeth in their new, correct positions after your teeth have been straightened. Your orthodontist will instruct you on how to care for your retainer and about the duration of the wear. Wearing your retainer as directed is crucial to prevent the regression of your treatment. After you’re finished with your braces treatment you have a few options for what type of retainer you would like.
Clear Essix Retainers
These retainers are clear retainers that wrap completely around your teeth. Another benefit with having Essix retainers is that they can be additionally used as bleaching trays if you would like to whiten your teeth.
Hawley retainers keep your perfect smile staying perfect in a similar way that Essix Retainers do, but Hawley retainers last a lot longer and come in a variety of colors.
Bonded Retainers: These retainers consist of a wire bonded to the inside surfaces of the front six teeth. A huge benefit to having this type of retainer is that it retaining your perfect smile 24/7. A bonded retainer requires a little more attention to keep clean, but we provide you with all the tools needed to do so!
Keeping your retainers clean is super important! The best way to clean them is by using cold water and brushing them with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Cleaning them regularly ensures they don’t discolor and become smelly.