After your braces come off, you might have to wear a retainer for several months. Fortunately, these oral appliances are easy to adjust to and require very little maintenance. At House of Braces, in Flushing, Queens, and the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City, Yon Lai, DDS, PC, and the team use retainers to complete orthodontic treatment. To make an appointment, call the nearest office or click the online booking tool today.
A retainer is a custom-designed orthodontic appliance made from plastic and metal. It fits snugly over your teeth and prevents them from moving following orthodontic treatment with conventional braces or Invisalign®.
Following orthodontic treatment, it’s normal for teeth to change position. By wearing your retainer as prescribed, you can prevent shifting.
At House of Braces, the team offers two types of retainers:
Removable retainers are orthodontic appliances that you take out when eating, brushing, or flossing. They’re easy to clean and care for. But if you fail to wear your removable retainer for the recommended 20-22 hours each day, your teeth may gradually move out of position.
Permanent retainers feature a thin wire that’s bonded to the inside of your front lower teeth. The only way to remove a permanent retainer is with the help of a dentist or orthodontist. Permanent retainers are incredibly tough and long-lasting. Because they stay in your mouth, you can’t lose or misplace them.
Before prescribing a retainer, your provider at House of Braces conducts an oral exam and reviews your dental health history. Then, they take a series of digital impressions with an intraoral scanner. Your provider uploads the impressions to a computer program and designs a retainer that fits the unique curves and cusps of your teeth.
After finalizing a design, your provider sends it to a dental laboratory. The laboratory uses the blueprints to manufacture a custom retainer that fits perfectly.
When the lab finishes your retainer, you return to House of Braces. If you’re getting a removable retainer, your provider has you try it on. If you’re getting a permanent retainer, your provider bonds it to the back of your teeth and provides care instructions.
The length of time you’ll need to wear a retainer depends on the alignment issues addressed and your adherence to the treatment plan. Most people achieve satisfactory results within four to six* months, but it may take longer. To speed up the process, attend each checkup and closely follow your provider’s instructions.
To see if you qualify for a retainer, make an appointment at House of Braces by calling the nearest office or by clicking the online booking tool today.