After your teeth have been properly aligned, Dr. Stephen Wright will provide you with a retainer to help your teeth maintain their positions. This simple oral appliance prevents your teeth from shifting back into their previous positions so that you can continue to enjoy a healthy, beautiful smile. Call Wright Family Dental at 801-566-3332 to make your appointment with our dentist and learn more about retainers in Midvale, Utah!
Orthodontic retainers are used to hold teeth in their new, correct position following orthodontic treatment. They come in both fixed and removable varieties. Orthodontic retainers must be custom made to fit your mouth, and they are usually made of plastic or metal.
Fixed, or nonremovable, retainers are bonded to the back of your teeth and can only be removed by a dental professional. These are often also referred to as bonded or permanent retainers. Removable retainers are usually made of plastic and wire, and they can be taken out by the patient so they can eat, brush and floss normally. Wearing your retainer as directed by our dentist is important to prevent your teeth from moving back to their original position and causing your smile to become misaligned once more. Our dentist will discuss your retainer with you at the end of your orthodontic treatment to determine which type of retainer is right for your needs.
Retainers are typically worn for a few months to a year after braces are removed, in order to keep the newly straightened teeth in place. However, some people may need to wear their retainers for life. Our dentist will continue to evaluate your teeth, smile and retainer to determine how long you should wear your retainer and to help ensure that your retainer remains in good condition.
If you have any questions about retainers, please call our office and speak with a member of our team. We will be happy to provide you with more information and help you make an appointment with our dentist.