At Creekwood Orthodontics, we pride ourselves on providing the best orthodontic care in town in an easy-going, friendly, and fun office environment. Dr. Dorsch and our highly trained team of orthodontic assistants love getting to know our patients on an individual level, and we strive to design the optimal treatment plan to fit your unique needs – and all on a schedule that’s convenient for you.
So your braces have finally come off! We know you’re probably overjoyed at the moment, but your orthodontic treatment isn’t over yet – after all, you want to keep the new smile you worked so hard to achieve!
After we remove your braces, we’ll enter into what’s known as the retention stage of your treatment. During this phase, you’ll use an orthodontic appliance called a retainer to keep your teeth in place and maintain your new, beautiful, healthy smile. Without retention, your teeth will move right back to where they started, which is why it’s critical to keep up the hard work and diligence that led you to this stage.
There are a number of different kinds of retainers, each great for a specific set of orthodontic conditions. Here are some of the most common:
The Hawley retainer is one of the most common kinds, and it’s composed of a sturdy acrylic mold framed by metal wires to hold the teeth in place. To make this retainer, we’ll take a laser scan of your mouth so we can custom mold your retainer to your unique bite. It fits comfortably onto the roof of your mouth and is available in a variety of fun colors and patterns.
Fixed, or bonded lingual retainers, are actually cemented straight to the inside surface of your lower teeth. This ensures your teeth don’t move, as the retainer is attached! As always, it’s vital to keep this retainer clean, so pay special attention to it when brushing. If your fixed retainer breaks during treatment, please call us as soon as possible to schedule an appointment to fix things up.
An Essix retainer is a clear, removable retainer that fits directly over the arch of the teeth. They’re durable and easy to wear, and best of all, they’re virtually invisible – they have no metal wires or acrylic molds.
If you have more questions about retention, braces, or your orthodontic care, we’re here to help. Feel free to shoot us a message at our contact page, or use our easy online form to schedule an appointment at any of our Cameron, Kansas City, or Liberty, MO offices. We can’t wait to hear from you. Until then, we remind you to use your retainer diligently – we don’t want you to lose all the excellent progress you’ve made during treatment!