Retention

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Keeping Your Smile Beautiful

Once your braces are removed, you can finally unveil the stunning smile you have been working towards. Your teeth will be straight, healthy, and best of all, in perfect alignment. While this is an exciting time in your orthodontic journey, your plan is not completely finished yet. In order to keep your beautiful smile, you will need to wear a retainer that can stabilize your teeth. Your favorite Beeville, Corpus Christi, and Alice orthodontics office, Star Orthodontics, recommends that you wear your retainer as prescribed while we monitor you for the first 12 months. We want to ensure all your hard work lasts permanently, so we will keep a close eye on the alignment of your teeth, gums, and surrounding bone. 

Wearing Your Retainer Is Imperative

Once your braces are removed, your teeth will naturally try to shift back into their original position. Your retainer is a crucial part of ensuring they stay in place for the long-term. You do not want to suffer a relapse that will cause your teeth to drastically change position. The team at Star Orthodontics recommends you wear your prescribed retainer as discussed. We want you to wear a stunning smile the rest of your life, and the retainers we offer can help you achieve that: 

Bonded – A bonded retainer is permanently cemented to the inside of your front teeth, making it invisible for people to see. You will be able to feel it securing your teeth, although it will quickly become part of your mouth and you will not notice it. 
Hawley – A Hawley retainer is comprised of metal wires with an acrylic base that can be altered for color or pattern choices. It is removable and inexpensive.
Essix – The Essix retainer is clear and transparent. It does not have any wires, but instead fits completely over your teeth like a tray. 

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  • Bonded lingual retainers cemented to the inside surface teeth
  • Prevent shifting in lower teeth
  • Caution:  Can potentially break when biting incorrectly

 

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  • Removable retainer
  • Made of metal wires and acrylic
  • Uses impressions of teeth to fit correctly
  • Acrylic rests in the roof of your mouth & can change colors or patterns

Essix

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  • No wires, transparent & removable
  • Fitted over the entire arch of the teeth
  • Inexpensive & easy to wear
  • Can be used for bridges and teeth movement

Contact Us Today!

If you have any questions about your retainer or the retention phase of your treatment, do not hesitate to contact Star Orthodontics today. We offer Invisalign® services and many other ways to help you achieve a stunning smile. Call our office today at (361) 992-BITE (2483). We look forward to seeing your smile soon!