Does the thought of a permanent retainer sound like orthodontic treatment will never end? No need to worry, permanent retainers are taking the front stage in retention plans everywhere. Our team is pleased to offer patients a low-profile, long-term solution.
What Is A Permanent Retainer?
After you have had your braces removed, it is routine to wear a set of removable retainers (top and bottom) for a certain length of time. The retainers hold your new smile in place until the bones in your face are finished growing. Today, we offer an easy solution to retain the bottom teeth.
A thin, short wire is custom-made for the inside surface, or lingual side of the bottom teeth. It spans the six front, lower teeth (canine to canine) and is cemented in place to maintain the optimum position of the bottom teeth.
The lower teeth are the foundation of your beautiful smile! If the lower teeth stay in place, the top teeth are more likely to, as well!
Why Do I Need To Wear A Retainer?
After the orthodontist removes your braces, he will instruct you to wear a retainer. The bone around the teeth is soft after the braces are removed but will harden over time. As you age the risk of shifting is less; however, you should expect to wear the retainer indefinitely.
Benefits Of A Permanent Retainer
Perhaps the greatest benefit of a permanent retainer is that it is not visible to others. Additional benefits include:
- Full-time retention
- Less likely to lose
- Better long-term results for keeping teeth straight
- Get it and forget it!
Dr. Stefanie Dougherty of Dougherty Orthodontics is a highly qualified orthodontist with years of experience and training in her field. Her expert team works hard to make sure you feel comfortable during all phases of your treatment plan and want to make sure you feel like part of the Dougherty family. If you’re ready to choose braces and start your journey to a new smile, contact Dougherty Orthodontics at (636) 825-1000 for your complimentary consultation.