Why is Wearing a Retainer After Braces Necessary?
Permanent Retainers in Minnetonka, Wayzata & Excelsior, MN
Bonded retainers are one of the options we have at Lake Minnetonka Orthodontics for keeping your teeth in place once your orthodontic treatment is complete. Also known as a fixed or bonded retainer, a permanent retainer is made of a metal wire that’s bonded to the back of your teeth. With this retainer, we can prevent something called orthodontic relapse, or your teeth shifting back to their original positions.
For many patients, an ideal solution is to have a removable retainer for the top teeth and a bonded retainer on the bottom. Bonded retainers may be difficult to clean, which can lead to plaque buildup. With proper care, however, bonded retainers last a long time and do a terrific job of helping maintain your beautiful new smile. Plus, you don’t have to remember to put them in every night! They’re always in your mouth, making sure your teeth stay put.
Permanent Retainers Cost
Permanent Retainers: Pros and Cons
Removable Retainers in Minnetonka, Wayzata & Excelsior, MN
Removable retainers are made to be removed and inserted at any time, and are most often made of plastic or a combination of plastic and metal. Orthodontists most often recommend patients to put removable retainers in at night after brushing your teeth, and taking them out in the morning before starting your day. After your orthodontic treatment is completed, your orthodontist may instruct you to wear your removable retainer throughout the day. Depending on your progress and how well you follow your orthodontist’s post-treatment recommendations, you may be able to slowly reduce the time you wear it.
There are three types of removable retainers: Hawley retainers, Essix retainers, and Vivera retainers.
Types of Removable Retainers
Removable Retainers Replacement Cost
Removable Retainers: Pros and Cons
Hawley Retainers: Pros
Hawley Retainers: Cons
Clear Retainers: Pros
Clear Retainers: Cons
How to Clean and Care for Permanent Retainers
How to Clean and Care for Removable Retainers
How to Clean and Care for Hawley Retainers
How to Clean and Care for Clear Retainers
Explore Your Orthodontic Retainer Options at Lake Minnetonka Orthodontics
Whether you went through your orthodontic treatment with us or are looking for a new orthodontist post-treatment, our passionate specialists and staff are here to help. Lake Minnetonka Ortho works with every patient to choose the right type of retainer for them and walk them through how to clean and care for the retainer you choose.
To discuss retainer options and post-treatment care, contact our office to schedule a consultation or appointment today, either in-office or virtual.
If you choose a permanent retainer, those stay with you for life and may require repairs or replacements as the years pass. Ideally, removable retainers are also a lifelong commitment, because teeth will always try and shift back to their original, misaligned positions. In order to maintain the alignment achieved with orthodontic treatment, retainers need to be worn, following the instructions that your orthodontist outlines.
Usually, after a few months have passed since treatment, patients only wear their removable retainers at night. Your orthodontist will discuss the right plan for you and your teeth.
With careful cleaning and maintenance, clear retainers (including Essix and Vivera retainers) can last anywhere from one year to several years. It’s important to follow best practices for retainer care to ensure the longest possible lifespan, and you should let your orthodontist know if you are experiencing any teeth grinding or clenching, which can shorten that lifespan.
Because of their durability, Hawley retainers normally last between 5 to 10 years, depending on the level of care and cleaning maintained.
Permanent, bonded retainers last up to 20 years with no issues assuming proper care and cleaning is done.
If your permanent or removable retainer breaks or is lost, contact your orthodontist as soon as possible. They will help arrange any repairs or replacements necessary.
If the break or damage is painful or otherwise an emergency, Lake Minnetonka Ortho provides emergency services for our patients. Call our office closest to you and leave a message if your emergency occurs after hours, and we’ll call you back with the best next steps.
No! Any changes to speech, including lisps, are only temporary for both permanent and removable retainers. It will take some time for your mouth, lips, and tongue to get used to the retainer, much like there was an adjustment period for your braces or Invisalign.
How often you need to replace your retainer depends on how well you clean and care for it. The better you are with maintenance, the longer you’ll last between retainer replacements. Occasionally, some dental procedures like crowns and extractions may affect how your retainer fits, and you’ll need a replacement in those cases.
If you don’t maintain your post-orthodontic treatment by wearing your retainers nightly, your teeth will shift back to their original alignment. Retention is often considered the most important step of your orthodontic treatment because it ensures your proper alignment is maintained throughout the rest of your life. It’s very possible that any pain or discomfort caused by the original alignment will also return without proper retainer use.