After you have completed your orthodontic treatment, you will likely proceed to a retainer to maintain your results. A retainer can protect the investment you've made in money and time with an orthodontic treatment by securing your teeth in their new location while your jaw and gums stabilize. To address the demands of our patients, Finest City Dental in San Diego, CA offers many high-quality retainer selections, including a removable, clear, or fixed retainer. General dentist Dr. Nick Dovey will guide you through the process and discuss all of your options.
Types of Retainers
Finest City Dental provides our patients with three kinds of retainers based on each individual's preferences or requirements: a Hawley, clear, or fixed retainer. The Hawley retainer (the most frequently used of the bunch) is composed of shaped plastic, wire, and clasps that can be adjusted for removal. A transparent retainer is inconspicuously worn the same way as a clear teeth aligner and can be taken out of the mouth quite easily. A fixed retainer can't be removed from your mouth since it is secured behind your teeth on both or just one arch.
A retainer is advised for everyone who has completed an orthodontic therapy. Although your teeth are set in their correct position afterward, a retainer will help to keep them in place while the remainder of your mouth adapts to your new straighter smile. A retainer also could be great for younger patients who are still waiting for the rest of their permanent teeth to come in and while their jawbone is still forming.
What to Expect
As soon as your orthodontics are taken off your teeth, you can begin the process of wearing your retainer. We'll take an impression of your teeth and ship the mold to a dental lab. As soon as your retainer is returned 1 – 2 weeks later, we'll schedule an office visit. At this appointment, Dr. Dovey will ensure that your retainer fits comfortably before you leave. He will let you know when you need to wear your retainer and how often to clean it.
The amount of time you need to use your retainer will differ. It is usually suggested to use your retainer until all of your permanent teeth come in and when your jaw is done developing (normally around 20 – 25 years old). With good maintenance and routine inspections, your retainer can be kept for many years. In time, when standard wear and tear occurs, your retainer might have to be repaired or replaced. Meanwhile, you need to practice daily cleaning and securely keep your retainer if not being used. If your retainer has been lost or damaged, contact our office so we can have a new one made for you.
Your retainer could be included in your dental therapy. During your initial consultation, Dr. Dovey will tell you if there will be an additional expense for the retainer. He can also discuss your appliance alternatives and price estimates. If you are using dental insurance, we'll contact your provider to determine your coverage. From there, our team can calculate your out-of-pocket expenses. Finest City Dental accepts several payments, including medical financing.
Fixed and Removable Retainers
Help keep your teeth in check after your orthodontic therapy with a removable, clear, or fixed retainer from Finest City Dental. If you use your retainer faithfully, you can easily prevent needing another orthodontic treatment later down the line. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Dovey at our office in San Diego, CA to find out more about the advantages of retainers.