After you are done with your orthodontic treatment, you can proceed to a retainer to maintain your results. A retainer can protect the investment you've made in money and time with an orthodontic treatment by holding your teeth in their new location while your jaw and gums stabilize. To address the demands of our patients, The Art of Braces in Las Vegas, NV offers many high-quality retainer alternatives, including a removable or fixed retainer. Board-certified orthodontist Dr. Saoly Benson can help you in the process and talk about all of your options.
Types of Retainers
The Art of Braces provides our patients with three kinds of retainer options based on each individual patient's requirements: a Hawley, clear, or fixed retainer. The Hawley retainer (the most frequently used type of retainer) is composed of shaped plastic, wire, and clasps that may be taken out. A transparent retainer is inconspicuously worn the same way as a clear teeth aligner and can be taken out of the mouth quite easily. A fixed retainer can't be removed from your mouth since it is secured behind your teeth on both or just one arch. Dr. Benson will discuss the different types of retainers with you toward the end of your orthodontic treatment and help you choose the best type of retainer for you.
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A retainer is advised for everyone when they complete their orthodontic treatment. Although your teeth are set in their correct position, a retainer will help to keep them there while the remainder of your mouth adapts. A retainer is especially important for younger patients who are still waiting for the rest of their permanent teeth to come in and while their jawbone is still forming.
What to Expect
As soon as your orthodontic treatment has been completed, you will start the retention process. A digital impression of your teeth will be taken so that your retainer can be custom made using our in-house digital lab and 3D printer. Once your retainer is ready, a member of The Art of Braces team will ensure your retainer fits comfortably before you leave. You will be given instructions as to when you will need to use your retainer in addition to how to keep it clean. Dr. Benson strongly believes in the importance of protecting your investment in your smile and therefore gives every patient two sets of retainers.
If your retainer is removable, Dr. Benson will talk to you about whether you need to wear your retainer most of the time or if you only need to wear it at night. With good maintenance and routine inspections, your retainer can be kept for many years. In time, with standard wear and tear, your retainer might have to be repaired or replaced. Meanwhile, you need to practice daily cleaning and keep your retainer safe if not being used. In case your retainer has been lost or damaged, contact our office to get a new one. It is important to understand that retainer wear is a lifelong commitment. Just like your face and body changes as you get older, so will your teeth, unless you wear your retainer.
Retainers are included as part of your comprehensive orthodontic treatment plan. In fact, Dr. Benson wants you to protect your investment in your smile so strongly that she actually provides every patient with not just one, but TWO sets of retainers! This is at no additional cost to you and is just one of the many little ways that we go the extra mile to provide you with the best care. If you have lost or broken your retainer, or received treatment somewhere else and just want a new retainer made, we will provide you with a quote to cover the cost of the retainer.
Fixed and Removable Retainers
Help keep your teeth in their correct place following your orthodontic therapy by using a removable or fixed retainer from The Art of Braces. Continuous use of a retainer may help prevent another orthodontic treatment later. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Benson at her office in Las Vegas, NV to find out more about the advantages of retainers.