After going through the process of orthodontic solutions to correct various issues surrounding the teeth, jaw, and similar bite problems, the journey has not quite ended yet. Of course, perfecting your smile doesn’t stop after removing braces or other similar devices, but making sure that the results stay consistent throughout your life is just as important.
What is Orthodontic Retention?
Orthodontic retention, often associated with “retainers”, is the process of maintaining the correction after undergoing orthodontic treatment. Taking off braces or other similar devices could feel extremely liberating and celebratory, but the process is not done just yet. Although your oral habits have been strict thus far, the regular routine should serve you well in keeping your newly corrected jaw and teeth in proper form.
The most popular form of retention is through the use of retainers, which limit or control potential changes in tooth position after device removal.
What are Some Common Types of Retainers?
Even if you have received treatment elsewhere for your bite issues, Dr. Jamie Goodreau and Dr. Ashtyn Goodreau of Chalfont, PA can make sure that your teeth are properly corrected, and help you to maintain their position.
Metal wire retainers are traditionally removable retainers that surround the front of your teeth and sit on the roof of the mouth, supported by an arch. The metal wires conform to your shape and are often adjusted to continue your treatment to completion, including minor movements – if needed. This choice is popular among young teens or children, but may also be chosen by adults if they do not mind the wire showing when smiling or talking.
Aligner retainers are clear and resemble aligners in their role. These aligners can range in price but are generally created to function as traditional wire retainers, with a more aesthetic form. These retainers can fit over your teeth or can be made to be from canine to canine, which are “clip-on” retainers. Of course, this is a more popular choice for adults and working professionals that wish to maintain their natural aesthetic.
Fixed retainers are a less common solution, and can range in terms of permanence. Fixed retainers are commonly needed if there are further bite issues after wisdom tooth extraction, and can be removed after a year. In certain cases, they can even be left for a lifetime if your teeth need additional support to return to a standard quality of life.
Your Local Quality Orthodontist
After you have worked hard for your beautiful smile, it is just as important to help maintain it. During your appointment with the expert team at Dr. Jamie Goodreau and Dr. Ashtyn Goodreau of Chalfont, PA, you can be sure you are receiving the best possible care and guidance that your family deserves, regardless of the situation.