Orthodontic treatment can be a costly and time consuming process so once you’ve reached the end you’ll naturally want to protect the results.
It’s crucial therefore that you are prepared to be diligent about wearing your retainer after treatment. When dealing with adult teeth there are no exceptions — everybody wears lifetime retainers after orthodontic treatment.
We use Fixed retainers and durable Essix retainers.
Fixed retainers consist of a wire bonded to the rear surface of the teeth that permanently holds them in position.
Essix retainers are clear, about 0.5 mm thick and are worn at night while you sleep. This holds your teeth in place and prevents them from moving away from their new positions. I Plastic retainers generally last somewhere between two and six years depending on how carefully they are looked after. Some people involuntarily clench their teeth at night which naturally wears the appliance more quickly. Also, being plastic, they are vulnerable to warping if they are left in a hot place and it is important to keep them in their protective case to avoid accidental damage.