Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that helps to improve the positioning and functioning of crooked or abnormally arranged teeth. Different types of appliances can be used for orthodontic treatment which include braces, separators, positioners, etc. These appliances function by placing gentle pressure on the teeth and jaws. Orthodontic treatment helps in straightening the teeth by getting them in a better position.
However, if you are thinking of going for orthodontic treatment, it is essential for you to know what to do after this procedure.
Once your braces come off, your teeth need to settle into the jawbone. After orthodontic treatment when your braces are removed, your dentist will suggest retainers.
What are retainers?
Retainers are custom-made orthodontic appliances specially designed to hold your teeth in position. They help to prevent the teeth from reverting back to their original position.
There are three types of retainers:
- Hawley retainers are the most common type used. They are made up of wires and clasps which are embedded in a thick plastic body. These clasps grasp selected teeth so the retainer is held in position tightly.
- Clear retainers are made up of clear plastic vacuum formed appliances. The main advantage of clear retainers is that they are less noticeable. However, they have less lifespan.
- Fixed retainers are also known as bonded or permanent retainers. As the name suggests, these retainers are directly bonded to the backside of the front teeth.
Your orthodontist will prepare appropriate retention plan as per your requirement.
Orthodontic treatment helps to create a beautiful smile while the retainer helps to maintain your smile!
For more queries regarding orthodontic treatment, contact us at Green Meadow Dental, 3579 B Berlin Turnpike, Newington, CT 06111, (860) – 860-0056. We also serve patients from areas like Portland, Weathersfield and Meriden.