Once you take your braces out, it is now time for a retainer to hold your teeth in place. Marcus Black DDS offers dental retainers for clients in Rogers, Alaska. Your general dentistry services in Rogers, Arkansas provide retainers for the last phase of orthodontic treatment to ensure that your teeth do no return back to their original position.
Special Instructions on Using Dental Retainers?
Even after your teeth are permanently in their new position, the effects of chewing, growth, and everyday wear can lead to relapse the growth and position of your teeth. We may recommend that you use a retainer to keep your teeth in the correct position.
If your retainer is removable, it is essential to wear it exactly as your orthodontist says, or you might lose some or all the benefits of your braces. We usually recommend that you wear the retainer night indefinitely. Our instructions vary depending on our particular situation, so it is essential to talk to us about your options.
Once you start using your retainer, we will check your teeth to be sure your retainer is performing correctly. We may adjust or fix the retainer or make a new one if needed. We typically perform checkups 1, 3, 6, 11, and 24 months after we remove your braces.
Contact your general dentistry services in Rogers, Arkansas if you lose your retainer, or it cracks or breaks. That way we can replace it before your teeth relapse.
Types of Retainers Available to You
Two basic types of retainers can you choose from include:
1. Fixed Retainers
A fixed retainer is a thin wire across the back of the lower or upper front teeth, which a dentist bonds in place with cement. An advantage of a fixed retainer is that you do not have to remove it and you cannot lose it.
2. Removable Retainers
A removable retainer is a custom-made appliance that consists of a plastic base and metal wires that cover the outside of the teeth. One advantage of a removable retainer is that it is much easier to clean. However, you must remember to wear it daily, which can be a challenge for children and teens. Additionally, removable retainers can easily be damaged or lost or thrown away accidentally.
Maintaining Your Dental Retainers
You must properly maintain your retainer to ensure it continues functioning properly. Regularly cleaning retainers are an essential part of the maintenance process. The best way to clean your retainers is to use retainer cleaning tablets and an inexpensive ultrasonic cleaner. Both are available at our office.
In addition, a vinegar and water mixture can help clean the bacteria from a retainer. You should never use regular cleaning your retainer because it can dull the surface and attract bacteria.
Additional Dental Services We Offer in Rogers, Arkansas
In addition to providing dental retainers in Rogers Arkansas, we also offer a wide range of dental services, including:
Contact Our Dental Clinic in Rogers, Arkansas Today
If you would like to find out more about the features and benefits of dental retainers, contact Marcus Black, DDS today at 479.464.0900. We offer a wide range of general dentistry services in Rogers, Arkansas.