Maintain Your Smile with Fixed Retainers
If you’ve recently gotten your braces off then you know how wonderful it can feel to be free of your braces and to enjoy that straighter, healthier smile. Now that you have the smile results you’ve been looking for you’ll want to maintain them. Unfortunately, teeth can often shift back if the patient doesn’t wear a retainer after their orthodontic treatment. This is where a fixed retainer comes in. A fixed retainer sometimes referred to as a permanent retainer, is a thin wire that is bonded to the inside of the six front teeth and keeps these front teeth from shifting. Since this retainer is glued to the back of your teeth this retainer can’t be removed. This ensures that the patient actually wears their retainer to help maintain their results after braces. Since our teeth continue to shift as we get older, these permanent retainers promise better long-term results for a straighter smile than wearing a removable retainer.
A fixed retainer is recommended immediately after your orthodontic treatment and is often worn for several years afterward. On average, both teen and adult patients who get fixed retainers will wear them for at least two years post-treatment. During this time, you will continue to see us for routine checkups to make sure your fixed retainer is doing its job and keeping your teeth in their proper position. You will also have certain dietary restrictions to follow while wearing your fixed retainer.
In between dental visits, it’s your job to make sure that you keep your fixed retainer healthy. It can be challenging to keep teeth and gums clean while wearing your retainer. While we can certainly show you the best techniques for effective brushing and flossing your teeth while wearing your fixed retainer, you will need to do your part to ensure that you maintain the optimal oral health. A damaged retainer won’t be effective so it’s important that you call our office right away if you experience any problems.
A fixed retainer can go a long way to helping you maintain the beautiful smile results that orthodontic treatment has given you. Protect your investment by wearing a fixed retainer.
Permanent Lower Retainer
A lower retainer wire glued to the back of the cuspid teeth, spanning the six lower front teeth. These teeth are the ones most likely to become crooked if retainers are not worn.
Permanent Upper Retainer
Braided wire glued to the back of the upper front teeth to prevent spaces from reopening or severely rotated teeth from moving back to its original position after braces are removed.
Upper Clear Retainer
Removable upper retainer to hold alignment of the upper teeth after treatment has completed.
Removable retainer used during the resting phase between Phase I and Phase II treatment.
Upper Transpalatal Bar
An upper retainer appliance that not only maintains upper arch length, but can be activated to correct minor bite discrepancies.
Lower Lingual Arch
Lower retainer after Phase I treatment that maintains lower arch length while waiting for remaining baby teeth to be lost and the permanent teeth to come in.
It's important to maintain your renewed smile after braces.
Call our Jacksonville office at (904) 731-0521 to learn more about fixed retainers!