It is normal for your dental retainer to break, crack, or get misplaced. You will not want to be without a retainer for too long since the teeth can start shifting out of position when you fail to wear retainers regularly. The retainer replacement procedure is easy and fast when you have reliable dentist experts.
At All About Orthodontics our experienced dentists will give you recommendations on the right type of retainers that suit your teeth. Our experts will also offer you instructions on the right time to wear them and how best you can take care of them.
What Are Retainers?
A retainer refers to a dental device that helps hold and maintain your teeth in a particular position, especially after undergoing orthodontic treatment. The teeth will want to move back to their initial position when the braces are removed. Retainers help ensure the teeth remain in their current position, preventing relapse. They are customized to every patient’s mouth and help ensure a great smile.
Types of Retainers
There are different types of retainers. The most popular types of retainers include:
A Hawley retainer is a popular retainer and is the oldest type of retainer. It is named after Charles Hawley, its inventor. It is made up of a custom molded hard plastic that fits well against the mouth palate with the metal wire attached around the front teeth. The plastic piece is available in different colors.
A clear retainer is quickly gaining popularity in the dentistry world. Clear retainers resemble clear aligners like Invisalign. These retainers are clear and thin plastics that fit perfectly on your teeth. These clear retainers do their best to keep the teeth upright.
Fixed retainers are mainly used in the lower front teeth. They are not removable like the other retainer types. They have a wire bonded on the backside of the teeth, making them invisible.
Fixed retainers can remain in position for several months. They are an excellent option in places with a high possibility of the teeth moving back to their initial position.
Retainers will be used on a full-time basis after orthodontic treatment. You must remove them when playing contact games, drinking, or eating. Our dentists will monitor your retainer regularly and offer appropriate advice after the initial settling period.
Removable retainers need to be cleaned regularly using soap and warm water. Bonded retainers need to be flossed and brushed more often. Ensure that you always keep your retainers in a dry and safe place whenever they are not in use.
When Should Retainers Be Replaced?
Different signs will signal that your retainer cannot perform its duty. For example, when your retainers have holes or are worn out, you will have to replace them. A discolored, broken, or cracked retainer should also be replaced. Retainers that fit poorly also need to be replaced.
Retainers are quickly growing in popularity. If you need experts in retainer replacement, call All About Orthodontics at 586-999-8818 today.