After you have completed an orthodontic treatment, you may get a custom retainer to make sure your results stay permanent. A retainer can protect the investment that you made by holding your teeth in their new place while your jaw and gums stabilize. To meet the unique needs of our patients, Buford Family Dentistry in Buford, GA offers many high-quality retainers, such as a removable or fixed retainer. Our experienced practitioners can help you in the process and explore all of your options.
Types of Retainers
Buford Family Dentistry provides our patients with three kinds of retainers based on each individual patient's requirements: a Hawley, fixed, or clear retainer. The Hawley retainer (the most frequently used kind of retainer) is composed of shaped wires, plastic, and clasps that may be taken out. A see-through retainer is inconspicuously worn the same way as a clear teeth aligner and can be taken out of the mouth quite easily. A fixed retainer can't be removed from your mouth because it is secured behind your teeth on both or just one arch.
We recommend retainers to almost all of our patients once they complete an orthodontic therapy. Although your teeth are set in their proper position, a retainer can help to keep them in place while the rest of your mouth adapts. A retainer is excellent for younger patients who are still waiting for all of their permanent teeth to come in and while their jawbone is still forming.
What to Expect
When your orthodontics are taken off your teeth, our team may start the process of creating a custom retainer. We will begin by taking an impression of your teeth and shipping it to a dental lab. As soon as your retainer is returned about 1 – 2 weeks later, we'll schedule an office visit. At this appointment, our general dentists will ensure that your retainer fits comfortably before you leave. We can also talk to you about when you have to use your retainer in addition to how to wash and keep it.
The amount of time you need to use your retainer will differ. It is usually suggested to use your retainer until all of your permanent teeth come in and when your jaw is done developing (usually around 20 – 25 years old). With good maintenance and routine inspections, your retainer may be kept for many years. In time, when standard wear and tear happens, your retainer might have to be repaired or replaced. Meanwhile, you need to practice daily cleaning and remember to store your retainer safely if not being used. In case your retainer has been lost or damaged, contact our office to get a new retainer.
Your retainer could be included in your dental therapy. During your initial consultation, our team will inform you whether there's an additional expense for the retainer. We can discuss your retainer options and price estimates. If you are using dental insurance, our staff will contact your provider to find out whether any of your expenses are covered, then understand your out-of-pocket expenses. Buford Family Dentistry accepts several payments, such as low-interest financing.
Fixed and Removable Retainers
Help keep your teeth in their correct position following your orthodontic therapy using a removable or fixed retainer from Buford Family Dentistry. Continuous use of a retainer may help prevent another orthodontic treatment later. Schedule an appointment at our office in Buford, GA to find out more about the advantages of retainers.