It’s the big day, Deband Day, and your braces are finally coming off! Doesn’t that mean you’re completely done? Not so fast! After you complete your treatment here at Aszkler Orthodontics Dr. Aszkler and our team will recommend you wear a retainer, which must be worn routinely after treatment in order to keep that beautiful smile! The retainers job will be holding your teeth in their proper, new position while your gums, ligaments and bones adapt. Most patients will be advised to wear their retainer 24/7 (besides when eating) at first, and then likely you will only have to wear your retainer at night when sleeping. There are a few different types of retainers, and today we thought it would be a good idea to explain the differences between them. Hawley Retainer
The Hawley retainer is a removable retainer made of a combination metal wires that typically surround the 6 front teeth and keeps them in place. The advantage to this type of retainer is that the metal wires can be adjusted to finish treatment and continue minor movement of the front teeth as needed. This retainer is made from impressions of your teeth so that it fits snugly and comfortably in the roof of your mouth, while the wire and acrylic framing keeps your teeth in an ideal position. The acrylic can also be personalized with a large number of colors or patterns.
Truax (Clear) Retainers
The Truax retainer is a transparent removable retainer that fits over the entire arch of your teeth. This clear or transparent retainer fits over the entire arch of teeth and is produced from a mold. Similar to Invisalign’s clear aligner trays, Truax retainers have no metal or wires.
Bonded retainers (lingual wires) are cemented directly to the inside surface of your lower canines. Dr. Aszkler and our team at Aszkler Orthodontics will encourage you to be careful with your bite, as the bonding material may break due to incorrect biting and cause your teeth to shift. As with all retainers, it is very important to keep your bonded retainers clean. When you brush, make sure to carefully clean the inside of your lower teeth, as well as the wire itself. If you have any questions about the retainers we offer or to learn more about post-orthodontic treatment, please feel free to contact us, and we will be happy to answer any of your questions!