Our orthodontists and team want to ensure that your newly-improved teeth remain perfectly aligned for the long term. Retainers are another important step in the process of orthodontic treatment. Contrary to popular opinion, the process of retaining your smile is a lifelong endeavor. At Hamilton & Manuele Orthodontics, we look forward to guiding you through a lifetime of smiles with perfectly aligned and healthy teeth. If you are in need of a new retainer or have any questions regarding the proper wear and care of your retainer, please call our practice at 702-243-3300 and make your appointment with Dr. Hamilton and Dr. Manuele in Las Vegas, Nevada.
A retainer is a custom-made oral appliance often used to maintain the alignment of your teeth after orthodontic treatment. If you have finished your orthodontic treatment, such as braces, our orthodontist may recommend a retainer to keep your smile properly aligned. As you age, your teeth tend to shift; the retainer ensures that your teeth remain in correct alignment for optimal oral health, functionality, and appearance. There are three main types of retainers available:
- Hawley retainers consist of wires and clasps embedded in a plastic body that covers the roof of the mouth (for the upper arch) or lies along the tongue side of the teeth (for the lower arch). The clasps fit around certain teeth to anchor the retainer in place, while the wire arches across the front of the teeth to maintain their alignment.
- Clear retainers are made of clear plastic and fit snugly over the teeth. A clear retainer is usually more discreet than a Hawley retainer, although it may not be as durable.
- Fixed retainers, also called bonded or permanent retainers, are permanently attached to the backside of the front teeth. This prevents the teeth from shifting out of place, and it can only be removed by your orthodontist.
Our orthodontist will help you determine whether you need a retainer after your orthodontic treatment. For more information, we welcome you to call us today!