Orthodontic retainers

Orthodontic retainers

Once your orthodontist removes your braces to reveal your new smile, it’s important to start following your continued braces care. Orthodontic retainers, which are custom-made for you based on the alignment of your teeth and the shape of your mouth, will ensure you keep enjoying your straight smile for years to come.

Barbieri Orthodontics offers a Lifetime Retainer Program which enables you to get new retainers anytime, for any reason.

What are orthodontic retainers used for?

Mouth retainers are used to start the orthodontic retention phase. In other words, the small plastic or wired removable appliance will help “retain” your new smile by helping keep your teeth in the new position and allowing the bone to rebuild itself after shifting. Orthodontic retainers can also be used for:

  • Moving a single tooth or closing a gap between teeth

  • Training the tongue to not slide forward and through the teeth when speaking

  • Preventing bruxism, or teeth grinding, while sleeping

There are three main types of teeth retainers your orthodontist could suggest.

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    The Hawley retainer, which is commonly used, features a metal wire and clasps and a strong acrylic arch. These are embedded in a plastic body that can focus on the upper or lower arch. Wearers have the option of personalizing the acrylic with colors and patterns to add a fun touch.

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    Clear (Essix)

    The clear, or Essix, retainer is a type of vacuum-formed retainer (VFR). Because they are less noticeable and made without any metal wires, many wearers find them more aesthetically pleasing and comfortable. Another benefit is that this retainer tends to be more durable and less expensive than some other options.

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    Fixed (lingual)

    The fixed, or lingual, retainer consists of a thin wire that gets bonded onto the inside surface of your teeth. Unlike the other mouth retainers, this type is permanent and can only be removed by an orthodontist.

Additional tips: retainer cleaning, storage, and removal

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Why choose Barbieri Orthodontics?

Here at Barbieri Orthodontics, we are passionate about delivering the highest quality orthodontics, state-of-the-art technology and patient-centered care. No matter what type of teeth retainer you might need, our team will guide you through the process, ensuring you receive constant updates and have a memorable experience.