Picking the right type of retainer for your post braces removal

Once you have your braces removed, you might think your treatment is over – but wearing a retainer for a period of time determined by your dentist or orthodontist following removal of your braces is essential to keeping your recently transformed smile beautiful, straight and healthy. The period after your braces comes off is called retention, and it is just as important as the period while you have your braces on.

The staff here at 360 Orthodontics will work with you to develop a customized and unique treatment plan for your individual needs and your desired outcome. As part of that treatment plan we will work with you to pick the right type of retainer for you to wear once your braces are removed.

There are several different options available on the market today and at 360 Orthodontics we are proud to offer the best and the latest in dental technology, style and comfort.

There are three basic types of retainers, any of which will be made to fit your individual mouth and dental needs.

Hawley Retainers: these are what you likely picture when you think about retainers. Hawley retainers are made of plastic and wires, and can be worn during the day or night. They are easy to take in and out, and easy to care for and clean.

Essix Retainers: Essix retainers are a popular choice for teens and adults who want their retainer to be more incognito and invisible. Essix retainers are made of only clear molded plastic, so there is no metal to give it away that youre wearing a retainer.

Permanent Bonded Retainers: As the name suggests, permanent bonded retainers are permanent (for a time). They are installed by your dentist or orthodontist and sit on the back or inside of your teeth, so they are fairly invisible to other people. The main disadvantage of permanent bonded braces is that they can irritate your tongue as a new item in your mouth, however, if your teeth are likely to shift following braces and dental treatment, they may be a great solution.

Do you have question about braces and/or retainers? If so, call us today to set up a free consultation, and to discuss all the cutting-edge orthodontic technology we have available in our offices.