At Poser Orthodontics, we have a unique office that emphasizes a team approach to care. Our goal is to provide the finest in quality care, resulting in beautiful, healthy smiles. Dr. Poser has been treating children, teens and adults since 1983. His energy and commitment to making orthodontic care a pleasant and memorable experience are evident throughout our office.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Life After Braces
You have worked hard to improve your smile and now it’s time
for those braces to come off. But, you’re not finished yet there is still one
more step to having the amazing smile you desire.
Once your braces are removed it is possible for teeth to
want to return back to their original positions. To prevent all the hard work
of your orthodontist from going down the drain, you must wear your retainer.
Retainers, like the name states, retain your teeth in their new positions. How
often you have to wear your retainer depends on the directions given to you by
the doctor, which also depends on the type of retainer you have.
There are three types of retainers that are often used:
The Hawley retainer is the most commonly used appliance for
post-braces treatment. This retainer is available for both the upper and lower
arches. It is often referred to as wire retainer for its design, wires attached
to plastic body.
The Essix is a removable clear retainer. Made from a cast of
your teeth, it’s worn to retain the corrected position of teeth. Unlike the
wire retainer, this clear retainer allows for total discretion. At first, it
must be worn for 24 hours and then it only has to be worn at night.
The Fixed retainer is a non-adjustable appliance that
consists of a metal wire bonded to the back of the teeth. There is an advantage
to this non-adjustable retainer. Unlike removable retainers that can be
forgotten and lost this fixed retainer doesn't have that issue. Though it cannot
be removed it is not permanent and can be broken or detached from your teeth if
you are not careful.
Remember, your retainer is an important part of getting
the smile you want. So once you've picked the retainer that is right for you, you must wear the retainer as instructed by the Doctor.