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Orthodontic Retainers for a Better Smile


After receiving orthodontic treatment, a retainer is worn to safeguard the new position of the teeth. The purpose of retainers, which come in a variety of designs, is to “retain” the effects of treatment and stop teeth from moving out of alignment. A retainer is regarded as one of the most crucial elements of your treatment. To safeguard the investment you’ve made in your smile you must be sure to adhere to the directions for any retainer therapy your orthodontist suggests.

Permanent Retainers

A permanent retainer joins the front teeth so they won’t move, but it isn’t really “permanent”; rather, it is bonded (glued) to your teeth on the rear (where your tongue contacts them). Your orthodontist may put one in and or take it out for you.

The permanent retainer often consists of a thin wire that is connected to the rear of your upper teeth and/or bottom teeth (depending on the specifics of your treatment). For this reason, lingual wire is another term for a permanent retainer. The permanent retainer preserves the effects of your orthodontic treatment without interfering with your new smile since the wire is concealed on the back of your teeth.

Permanent retainers may be taken out anytime since they are not really permanent. Permanent retainers are routinely used for many years by people without causing any harm to their smile, health, or comfort.

Hawley Retainer

The first retainer is a Hawley retainer, which consists of a plastic plate that is shaped to fit the roof or basin of your mouth and a wire that crosses your teeth. The Hawley retainer’s precise fit maintains your teeth in place after your orthodontic treatment is finished. As long as it is worn as instructed, a Hawley retainer is simple to use, pleasant to wear, and very successful in preserving the benefits of your smile.

Plastic Retainers

To safeguard the outcomes of your orthodontic treatment, a plastic retainer is a transparent retainer that has been sculpted to fit tightly over your teeth. Any kind of treatment, including metal, ceramic, or transparent aligners, may be followed by the use of a plastic retainer. The plastic retainers will be made specifically for you by your orthodontist, with a distinct pair for your top and bottom teeth. For years after your treatment, you will typically wear the retainers at night, or maybe every other night. Your teeth won’t move because of this.

Essix Retainer

One kind of plastic retainer is the Essix. It comprises a pair of top and bottom transparent aligners made of plastic that have been specially sculpted to fit over your teeth. They maintain the position of your teeth after your orthodontic treatment of braces or Invisalign have ended and have produced the desired results. Your orthodontist will fit them specifically for you. After any kind of orthodontic treatment, your orthodontist could advise you to use an Essix retainer.

Vivera Retainers

A pair of transparent aligner retainers made specifically to fit over your top and bottom teeth, the Invisalign Vivera retainers resemble Essix retainers in appearance. However, Vivera retainers outperform Essix retainers: Invisalign has invented a material called SmartTrack that is specifically built for Vivera retainers and outperforms ordinary Essix retainers in terms of durability and functionality.

The Vivera retainers are used as part of the Invisalign clear aligner treatment to assist and maintain the optimum outcomes for your teeth and bite after Invisalign therapy is complete. This will give you a long-lasting, healthy smile.

Due to the rigorous lab work required to make the tailored retainers using proprietary material, Vivera retainers are more expensive than Essix retainers. Vivera retainers are a terrific investment for your smile and for your health since they are packed affordably with 4 sets (8 retainers total) for regular, long-term usage.

Call us at 407-876-2991 for a free consultation or click here to request an appointment. We have 2 offices to care for our patients. Our Orlando office is in Lake Nona where we also serve St Cloud residents. We are located at 13250 Narcoossee Rd, Suite #100, Orlando, FL 32832. Our Windermere office, where we also serve Dr. Phillips, Winter Garden, Metro West and Ocoee, is located at 422 Main St, #2, Windermere, FL 34786.

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