For the best dental retainers, come visit us at Santa Cruz Orthodontics!
Upon consultation with Dr. Amer at our Santa Cruz or San Jose offices, your Santa Cruz orthodontist will determine if having dental retainers will be the best treatment for your specific orthodontic need.
When a patient is dealing with malpositioned and misaligned teeth, the next step would be to consult an orthodontist. Orthodontic treatments usually involve the use of braces, in order to move teeth into position. The treatment involves a series of bone breaking and bone building movements. When a tooth is tipped, rotated and moved, bone is broken in order for this to take place — and for the tooth to gain stability in the jaw, bone has to be built around the tooth.
The orthodontic treatment takes place for a length of a few months to a few years. After the treatment, the appliances that have been bonded will be removed from the teeth and the patient can enjoy a straighter and more attractive smile. The new position of the teeth in the mouth is still unstable, so patients will be prescribed to wear an appliance that will “retain” the new position of the teeth.
This appliance is referred to as “retainers” and there are different types of dental retainers that can be prescribed to patients:
- Removable retainers: The most common type of retainers are removable and they have some palatal coverage and wires that are formed to follow the contour of the arch and the new position of the teeth.
- Fixed retainers: If you do not want to be troubled by misplacing your retainers, ever again, you can ask your dentist about a fixed alternative. Removable retainers also get misplaced by the patient but it is not going to be an issue when the retainers composed of tied ligature wires, are actually bonded to the teeth, to keep them in its place.
- Invisible retainers: If the patient is concerned about the appearance of the retainers in the mouth, he can opt for an invisible alternative. Invisible retainers look like plastic trays (much like whitening trays or mouth guards) and when they are worn it is not so visible and noticeable.