Retention

Retainers are worn following orthodontic treatment and simply retain the properly aligned teeth. The retention phase lasts for as long as you want your teeth to remain straight. Your final orthodontic result depends on your retainers, so follow through with the hard work by wearing your retainers as instructed.

Hawley Retainers

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The Hawley retainer, one of the most common types, is a removable retainer made of a combination of metal wires and sturdy acrylic, and is designed to keep your teeth in place. This retainer is specially made from impressions of your teeth so that it fits snugly and comfortably in the roof of your mouth, while any wire or acrylic framing keeps your teeth in perfect position. The acrylic can also be personalized with a large number of colors and/or patterns.


Fixed (Bonded) Retainers

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Bonded lingual retainers are cemented directly to the inside surface of your lower canines (eye teeth). This is one of the best ways to prevent your lower teeth from shifting as it is permanently attached! Patients with bonded lingual retainers must be careful with their bite as the bonding material may break due to incorrect biting and cause teeth to shift quickly. As with removable retainers, it is important to keep them clean. When brushing, make sure to carefully clean the inside of your lower teeth as well as the wire.

If your retainer breaks at any time during treatment, please do not adjust it yourself. Call us immediately to schedule an appointment.

Wyoming Springs Orthodontics

  • Wyoming Springs Orthodontics - 7215 Wyoming Springs Dr., Suite 1000, Round Rock, TX 78681 Phone: 512-255-4444 Fax: 512-255-1750

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