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Retainers Specialist

Comprehensive Dental Group

General Dentistry located in Larchmont, NY

Orthodontic treatment is costly and time-consuming, and you might feel shorted if the newly aligned teeth shift back to crookedness. At Comprehensive Dental Group in Larchmont, New York, the skilled dental team gives you retainers to preserve your results once you finish aligning your teeth with braces or clear aligners. Call Comprehensive Dental Group or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about retainers and how they function.

Retainers Q & A

What are retainers?

Retainers are devices that allow you to enjoy long-term results from orthodontics. After you align your teeth with braces or aligners, there’s always a chance that your teeth will shift back toward their original position. To maintain your straighter smile, you must wear a retainer according to your dentist’s instructions. 

What are my options for retainers?

Several types of retainers can hold your teeth in their new position after orthodontic treatment. Your dentist can go over the pros and cons of each type with you and choose the one that will work best for your teeth.

Common types are:

Clear retainers

Clear retainers are nearly invisible retainers that fit over your teeth based on a mold or impression. Comprehensive Dental Group offers ClearCorrect® retainers, which are similar to ClearCorrect aligners but serve a different purpose. 

Hawley retainers

Hawley retainers include an acrylic piece attached to a metal wire. The acrylic piece fits against your upper palate, and your orthodontist can adjust the wire to tighten the retainer at any time. 

Fixed retainers

Fixed retainers are bonded to the backsides of your teeth to hold them in position. 

How should I care for my retainers?

When you have a retainer, you need to make some special considerations to take care of it and avoid needing a replacement. A fixed retainer involves little to no care beyond routine brushing and flossing, but you may need a special device to thread the floss under the retainer and clean the gaps. 

There are a few more instructions to keep in mind with removable retainers. You should:

  • Take your retainer out to eat
  • Store your retainer in a safe place when not using it
  • Avoid drinking anything other than water while wearing your retainer
  • Clean all sides of your retainer according to your dentist’s instructions
  • Wear the retainer as your dentist indicates

Most people need to wear their retainers all the time (except to eat) for a short time after finishing orthodontic treatment. Once your dentist gives you the go-ahead, you can switch to wearing your removable retainer only at night. 

Call Comprehensive Dental Group or book online today to schedule an appointment and compare the various types of retainers.