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Retainers

You've worked hard for your that beautiful smile of yours; keep it that way!

Finally, you finished orthodontic treatment with braces or Invisalign and your smile is beautiful and straight! However, your orthodontic journey isn't quite completed. To keep your smile looking its best, you'll have to wear a retainer to preserve and stabilize your results. Retainers are needed to control or limit potential changes in tooth position. They are used after braces treatment to hold teeth in their correct alignment while the surrounding gums, bone, and muscle adjust to the new positioning of your teeth.

Have you stopped wearing your retainer? Have your teeth shifted since you had braces?

If you're an adult who hasn't worn your retainer, we have you covered! 

We offer several treatment options to take care of those front teeth that have rotated since you had treatment. Often, the cost of orthodontic treatment for an adult will be less than for a child if you've already had treatment when you were younger. To learn about your options you can request a complimentary consult here or you can give us a call at 903-212-7737!

Types of Retainers

Retainers are custom-made and can be removable or fixed.

  • Aligner-style retainers, or Essix retainers, look similar to clear aligners and offer a more aesthetic alternative to wire retainers. This is what we use here at Mack and Hansen Orthodonotics. This clear retainer will fit over the entire arch of your teeth and will also act as a protective night guard, should you grind your teeth at night.
  • Fixed retainers consist of wires bonded behind the bottom and/or top teeth.
  • Traditional removable retainers typically include a metal wire that surrounds the front teeth and is attached to an acrylic arch that sits in the roof of the mouth. The metal wires can be adjusted to finish treatment and continue minor movement of the front teeth as needed.

Pros and Cons

  • Removable retainers can be taken out for eating and make it really easy to brush and floss all areas of your mouth.
  • Removable retainers can get lost easily, so remember to keep yours in the case whenever you remove it to eat or brush.
  • A fixed retainer is great if you don't want to keep track of it, or if you don't want to worry about how many hours per day it must be worn.
  • Teeth with fixed retainers require a little extra attention to remove tartar while flossing. Patients with fixed retainers often must use floss threaders to pass dental floss through the small spaces between the retainer and the teeth.

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