Retainers

RETAINERS ARE USED TO MAINTAIN THE OPTIMAL POSITION
OF YOUR TEETH AFTER ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT IS COMPLETE.

Retainers help to keep teeth in their corrected position and to maintain aesthetics and function. This means your teeth continue to look good and that the bite functions well. These days patients are advised that after orthodontic treatment, teeth need to be retained long-term to reduce undesirable movement or relapse. This can avoid the need for re-treatment. Removable retainers are eventually worn at night and are an easy routine once braces are finished.

THERE ARE SEVERAL TYPES OF RETAINERS AVAILABLE. THE MOST COMMON ARE:

bonded retainer

Bonded Retainers
This Retainer is particularly useful for teeth that were poorly aligned or rotated prior to starting treatment. These may be bonded in place behind the front upper or lower teeth to reduce tooth movement after Orthodontic treatment.

They are also used to keep spaces closed between the upper teeth.

clear retainer

Invisible Retainers
These are popular as they are not obvious and are used for the upper and lower teeth to maintain alignment and keep spaces closed.

Plate Retainer
A sturdy removable Retainer, this is used on either the upper or lower teeth.
This type is often preferred after expansion of the upper arch.