After receiving an orthodontic treatment, it is possible for your teeth to move out of place again if there is not something to prevent them from shifting. To keep your smile straight, Dr. Payam Bostani may provide you with a retainer that fits your new bite. By wearing your retainer as directed, you can keep your new smile looking great throughout your life. For more information about orthodontic retainers in Burbank, California, we invite you to contact our office at 818-973-7100 and speak with our dentist.
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, such as braces, our dentist 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. This prevents the teeth from shifting out of place, and it can only be removed by your dentist.
Our dentist will help you determine whether you need a retainer after your orthodontic treatment. For more information, we welcome you to call us today!