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Retainers in Dallas, TX

Many people look forward to the day when their braces come off, and they smile straighter and happier than before. A retainer often is the final phase of the braces treatment and helps ensure your teeth will remain in place without shifting. Patients in Dallas, Irving, and the surrounding communities in Texas who would like to smile straighter or safeguard the treatment they received with braces can visit Dr. Scott Evans to learn more about retainers.

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What are retainers?

Retainers are custom-made devices, made of plastic or wire, which hold the teeth in place after braces are removed. They are used to keep teeth in alignment while the surrounding hard and soft tissue adjusts to their new positioning and structure.

What are the different types of retainers?

Generally, there are two different types of retainers: removable and fixed.

  • Invisible Retainers are removable and cover all of the teeth with plastic. They also may be referred to as “vacuum retainers” because when they are made, a vacuum device is used to make a mold of the teeth. This type of retainer may need to be changed more frequently as they wear more quickly than other retainers. There are also the more traditional retainers that have a wire that goes around the outside of the teeth. These are not as cosmetic as clear retainers but will usually last longer. You can discuss with Dr. Evans which option is best for you. The bottom line is which retainer you will wear.
  • Fixed retainers are thin wires that are bonded to the teeth and cannot be removed. The most common type of fixed retainer is one that is adhered to the back of the lower teeth.

What are the advantages of retainers?

The greatest advantage of a retainer is that it holds the teeth in place once braces are removed and allows for a person’s bone structure to properly align without the possibility of teeth shifting. With fixed retainers, you will not have to do anything special to care for them since these retainers are already bonded in place. The greatest advantage with removable retainers is that they can be removed when eating and brushing.

What are the disadvantages of retainers?

The biggest disadvantage to a fixed retainer occurs when brushing and flossing around the retainer. If you do not practice good dental hygiene, it is easy for plaque and tartar to build up around the teeth affected by the retainer.
The main disadvantage of the removable retainers is that they may easily be removed, increasing the chances of loss or damage. It also may mean the production of extra saliva as your body adjusts to this new apparatus.

How long should a retainer be worn?

The length of time that you wear your retainer will vary depending on your own individual circumstances. In general, removable retainers are worn 20 to 24 hours during the day for a period of one to three months. After that period retainers are generally worn at night. Permanent retainers, or those that are bonded to the teeth, could remain in place for several years.

Retainers are an effective solution to helping ensure that teeth will not shift back into their original position prior to braces. They are easy to wear and require little to no maintenance, making them an easy choice for patients requiring orthodontic care.

Maintaining a healthy, straighter set of teeth for life after braces is easy and convenient thanks to retainers. To find out more about this treatment option, patients in Dallas, Irving, and the surrounding communities in Texas can call Dr. Scott Evans at 214-506-0054.