CARE FOR YOUR HAWLEY RETAINER BY DOING THESE THINGS

Your retainer is very important if you wish to maintain the straight smile you have worked so hard for. However, in order for your retainer to give you the help you need, you need to keep it in top-notch condition. To help you do so, our orthodontist, Dr. R. Cree…

Your retainer is very important if you wish to maintain the straight smile you have worked so hard for. However, in order for your retainer to give you the help you need, you need to keep it in top-notch condition. To help you do so, our orthodontist, Dr. R. Cree Hamilton, has some instructions for you.

-Keep your retainer in tip-top shape by cleaning it daily. If possible, clean it twice a day after you brush your teeth. All you need to do is brush it with a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste. You can also soak it in denture cleaner overnight if you want a better clean.

-Keep your retainer out of hot environments. This is important because heat can warp and melt the plastic, which will change the way it fits in the mouth. Keep the appliance in a cool or room-temperature environment.

-Keep the retainer in a safe place when it’s out of your mouth, like in the case provided in your pocket, backpack, or drawer. This can help you avoid breaking and losing the retainer.

To learn more about how to care for a Hawley retainer in Las Vegas, Nevada, please contact Hamilton & Manuele Orthodontics at 702-243-3300 when you have the chance. Our orthodontic team will be happy to give you the information and help you need so you can keep your retainer in tip-top shape!

WHEN REMOVABLE APPLIANCES COULD WORK FOR YOU

When you need to realign your teeth, you don’t have to use a fixed orthodontic apparatus. Numerous removable appliances are available to help you in having the smile that you want. We’ve accumulated a list of many of the current common removable orthodontic appliances for you to learn a bit…

When you need to realign your teeth, you don’t have to use a fixed orthodontic apparatus. Numerous removable appliances are available to help you in having the smile that you want. We’ve accumulated a list of many of the current common removable orthodontic appliances for you to learn a bit more about your choices:

Headgear. With headgear, your jaw growth is slowed to a crawl by a strap behind your head attaching to a wire in front of your head. (This is called a face bow.)

Lip and cheek bumpers. Lip and cheek bumpers are formed to isolate the lips and cheeks from the chompers. If cheeks and lips press too tightly on the chompers, chompers might move out of location; cheek bumpers eliminate that pressure.

Palatal expander. Palatal expanders are designed to extend the jaw arch. These plastic appliances fit on top of the roof of the mouth, and pressure applied to them by outward screws widens the joints of the bones and expands the oral cavity palate.

Retainers. One of the extra common appliances, retainers are usually utilized preventively to thwart shifting of pearly whites into former positions. There are other uses for retainers, but they’re generally utilized to keep pearly whites in alignment.

If you have lost a baby tooth prematurely or if your teeth or jaw are misaligned, an orthodontic appliance may be right for you. To schedule a consultation with Dr. R. Cree Hamilton and our Las Vegas, Nevada, Hamilton & Manuele Orthodontics office, please tell us about your teeth at 702-243-3300 now.