The final phase of orthodontic treatment, retainers are used for maintaining the new position of your teeth once your braces have been removed. Since your smile will still be unstable for the first few months after your braces come off, it’s important to continue your orthodontic treatment, at least until your teeth are stable!
While your braces will move your jaw and teeth into the correct position, this means the surrounding tissue and bone are being remodeled, and will take some time to settle in. This is exactly where a retainer comes into play and keeps your teeth in perfect position until the tissue and bone set permanently.
So, have your braces come off? Then, it’s about time you moved towards the final phase of your orthodontic treatment. At Strongsville Orthodontics, we carry three main forms of retainers to keep your new smile, including:
A clear retainer, as the name implies, is less noticeable than the other types of retainers. In fact, they look quite similar to Invisalign, so much so that most people cannot even notice you are wearing a clear retainer unless they look closely.
Also known as bonded retainers, these retainers can’t be removed as they are glued to the back of your teeth. However, with no cosmetic considerations, fixed retainers prove ideal for people who don’t want to be seen wearing a retainer.
The most recognizable and common form of all retainers, hawley retainers are made from a combination of plastic and metal. They are removable and can be adjusted from time to time to ensure they fit comfortably.