Retainers in Greensboro, NC
When you have braces, you look forward to the day you get them removed. The removal of braces signifies a more beautiful smile, freedom with foods and a more hygienic mouth. However, braces are not the end of the road to straighter teeth. Retainers, in most cases, must be worn once braces are removed to ensure a long-lasting straighter smile. Irvin Orthodontics offers retainers to the local residents of Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem, NC.
What is a Retainer?
A retainer is an orthodontic appliance that holds your teeth in place, maintaining your beautiful new smile. Retainers can be fixed (attached to the teeth) or removable. A traditional retainers is comprised of wire that sits on the outside of the teeth and is attached to a plastic piece that is formed to your mouth. However, retainers are now available in varying materials.
Why Do People Get Retainers?
Many people need to wear a retainer once braces are removed to stabilize the teeth in their new positions. Retainers help ensure that results of braces last as long as possible.
What Are the Types of Retainers?
At Irvin Orthodontics, we have three types of retainers to best meet the diverse needs of our patients. At your complimentary initial exam, Dr. Alan Irvin will discuss the options for retainers and the best choice for when your braces are removed. If you do not need braces, but would benefit from a retainer, Dr. Irvin will make his recommendations after reviewing your x-rays and the information you share at your consultation.
The retainers offered at our office include:
- Hawley Retainer: The Hawley retainer is the most traditional version, and is likely the one you picture when you hear “orthodontic retainer.” This consists of a thin piece of plastic molded to the inside of your mouth, where it will be worn, with a thin wire that goes in front of the teeth. This type of retainer is removable and sometimes recommended for night use only.
- Permanent Retainer: Permanent retainers, sometimes called “fixed” or “bonded” are a popular choice, especially in children or teenagers who are worried about their teeth shifting in adulthood. If your teeth are at high-risk for moving or shifting, Dr. Irvin will likely recommend this permanent retainer. Many people enjoy this option because the retainer is attached to the back of the teeth, making it hidden.
- Clear Plastic Retainer: This type of retainer very closely resembles Invisalign®, because it is like a very sleek, clear plastic mouth guard. The thin plastic retainer is molded to specifically fit your teeth and is removable and very subtle in appearance.
How Much Do Retainers Cost in Greensboro?
Retainers, if needed, are included in the total cost of your orthodontic treatment.
Residents of Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem, NC, contact Irvin Orthodontics today to schedule your complimentary consultation to learn more about retainers.