When you finish your orthodontic treatment and your teeth are properly aligned, our dentist will provide you with a retainer to ensure that your newly straighten smile stays straight and beautiful. Orthodontic retainers are essential tools in maintaining the position of your teeth post-orthodontic treatment. These custom-made oral appliances play a crucial role in ensuring that your smile remains correctly positioned as you age, thereby promoting optimal oral health, functionality and aesthetics.
There are three primary types of retainers available, each with its unique characteristics:
- Hawley Retainers: Hawley retainers consist of a plastic body that covers the roof of the mouth (upper arch) or lies along the tongue-side of the teeth (lower arch). Embedded in this plastic body are wires and clasps that anchor the retainer in place. The wire arches across the front of the teeth, maintaining their alignment effectively. Hawley retainers are adjustable, durable and allow for minor adjustments if needed.
- Clear Retainers: Clear retainers are made from transparent plastic, offering a discreet option for maintaining teeth alignment. They fit snugly over the teeth, making them less noticeable than Hawley retainers. While clear retainers are less conspicuous, they may not be as durable and may require more careful handling.
- Fixed Retainers: Also known as bonded or permanent retainers, these are small wires affixed permanently to the backside of the front teeth. Fixed retainers are an excellent choice for those who prefer a retainer that they do not need to remove. They offer continuous support, preventing any chance of teeth shifting, and can only be removed by a dental professional.
After completing orthodontic treatment, it is essential to consult with our dentist to determine the most suitable retainer for your needs. The choice between Hawley, clear or fixed retainers depends on your individual circumstances and preferences.
To learn more about how retainers in Jersey City, New Jersey, can help you maintain your hard-earned smile or to make an appointment with Dr. Sushma Halthore, call Grove Dental Center today at 201-200-0222!