What is a Retainer?
Retainers are orthodontic appliances that gently hold your teeth in their new place and maintain the progress you made with your orthodontic treatment. They’re key to keeping your teeth straight forever.
What Types of Retainers do You Offer?
At Evergreen Orthodontics we offer several types of orthodontic retainers, including fixed retainers and removable retainers, and a comprehensive retention program to retain your beautiful new smile for a lifetime. A fixed retainer is a thin metal wire that is bonded to the back of the teeth. We also use two types of removable retainers: Hawley retainers and Essix-type clear retainers. Hawley retainers consist of a plastic piece with wire attached. The thin wire wraps around the front of your teeth. An Essix-type clear retainer is made of transparent plastic and fully covers the teeth. They’re very similar to the aligners used in Invisalign treatment, however, you won’t be changing it every week or two.
Wearing Your Retainer
Dr. Lee will provide you with a custom-made retainer that fits your new smile perfectly. She’ll also give you detailed instructions for use. Remember, every patient is different so the length of time you’ll need to wear it varies by person. If you lose your retainer, it’s important to call Dr. Lee and have a new one made as soon as possible as using it according to Dr. Lee’s directions will prevent the teeth from shifting back into their pre-braces positions.