Congratulations! You did it, you finished your orthodontic treatment, and your orthodontist has removed your braces. You might think you finally finished everything with your treatment and that your visits to your orthodontist are a thing of the past. But, you still have one more step to complete before you complete the treatment for good. After your orthodontist removes your braces, you will have to wear a retainer.
It is crucial to wear a retainer in Newburyport after braces or clear aligner treatment to keep your smile in place. Failing to wear a retainer as directed by your orthodontist could result in your teeth drifting right back to where they were before you began your treatment.
At Pavlo Orthodontics, we don’t want to see all that hard work go to waste. Our mission is to create straight teeth and a healthy, beautiful smile.
We have a commitment to an outstanding orthodontic experience for you; we will meet and exceed all of your expectations in a friendly, comfortable, compassionate, and energetic environment.
Our commitment extends to exceptional treatment results and total patient satisfaction through the latest technology and providing a service second to none. Together, we can help you achieve the smile of your dreams. That is why we want to make sure you understand the importance of retainer treatment in Newburyport.
What Are Retainers?
Retainers are custom-made orthodontic devices of plastic or metal. No two retainers are the same.
Likewise, they have to match the shape of your mouth and keep the alignment of your teeth after orthodontic treatment to prevent teeth from sliding back into their malaligned position. Although there is no consensus on what type of retention is best, the literature suggests retention helps prevent orthodontic relapse.
Types Of Retainers Available
Once you finish your orthodontics treatment with braces, your orthodontist will suggest and provide you with a retainer.
After the first few months of full-time retainer wear, most patients will move to nighttime wear only on their retainers.
There are two general kinds of retainers:
Removable Retainers: These can be put in and taken out daily. They can be wire retainers (made of wire and a plastic-like material) or clear retainers (transparent trays made of a plastic-like material).
Fixed Retainers: This variant is made of a thin, custom-fitted wire that your orthodontist will bond to the tongue-side of your upper or lower teeth.
Within these two different types, you will have a couple of options to choose from; let’s take a look at each in more detail:
Removable Hawley Wire Retainers
Also called wire retainers, these are removable retainers made of thin metal wire and plastic or acrylic shaped to fit the roof of your mouth or along the inside of your lower teeth.
The attached metal wire runs across the outside of your teeth to maintain alignment.
Removable Clear Plastic Retainers
Clear removable plastic retainers match the shape of your arches for comfort and a secure fit.
They are comfortable and easy to wear, and the transparent plastic makes them extremely discreet, just like clear aligners used in orthodontic treatment. Also, this option is easy to clean: simply remove them to brush and soak in a cleaning solution for easy hygiene.
Bonded Permanent Retainers
A bonded retainer is a very thin piece of wire attached to the teeth’ back. A bonded retainer is securely attached to the back (tongue) side of the teeth.
How Much Do Retainers Cost?
It’s natural to feel that you have already invested a lot of time and money to achieve your dreams’ perfect smile. However, for you to keep that smile you have worked so hard for, you must complete treatment with a retainer in Newburyport.
Because there are many different types of retainers for you to choose from, you should carefully consider all the pros and cons.
Before you make a decision solely based on esthetics, at Pavlo Orthodontics, we suggest you talk with your orthodontists and consider all options based on your individual needs.
The cost of your much-needed retainer can range anywhere from $100 to $1,200 (If choosing an Invisalign retainer). So make sure to consult with your orthodontist before making a decision.
For How Long Will I Need To Wear My Retainer?
If you want to keep the results of your orthodontic treatment, it is important that you follow your Orthodontists instructions to the tee.
Some people need retainer treatment in Newburyport all day long, every day for 4 months, while others have to wear theirs for 12 months. Likewise, some orthodontists will instruct you to use some form of retainer every night, indefinitely after you are free from your braces.
If you want to keep your teeth straight, you will have to wear your retainer! It may feel overwhelming to know that you’ll have to wear a retainer, but it is important to consider the amount of time and money you have invested in achieving your desired smile.
Dr. John Pavlo and the entire team at Pavlo Orthodontics want to remind you that we are here to help you achieve and maintain the perfect, straight, bright, happy, and healthy smile you have always wanted. Come to our office if you’re looking for the best orthodontist Newburyport has available.
To join our orthodontic family today, feel free to contact us at 978-519-7199. You can also set an appointment online.
We want to change your smile, so you can change the world.