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Orthodontic Retention - Richardson, TX

Keeping New Smiles in Place

Once it is time to remove your braces, your orthodontist will recommend some form of orthodontic retention to keep your new smile in place. Many patients do not understand the need for this type of appliance until they realize that teeth can easily shift back into their original position. At Richardson Orthodontics, Dr. Jones does not want to see months or years of hard work suddenly begin to disappear, which is why she is pleased to offer a variety of retainers that are each designed to help new smiles remain in their new location. To find out which one will be right for you, search for an “orthodontist near me” and contact our office today.

Standard Hawley or Wrap

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Considered to be the most common retainer type, this oral appliance is best for patients who have a normal overbite before beginning orthodontic treatment. They’re made using a traditional impression or digital scan and are a great solution for individuals in need of long-term retention.

The disadvantages to these types of retainers are that they can be more costly, especially if created by lab technicians, and they often require adjusting. They’re easy to break and wires can be easily bent if not cared for properly and is best if used on individuals who do not have a sensitive gag reflex because of its posterior palatal coverage.

The good news is that although they require regular adjusting, this can be a good thing for patients in need of feeling the muscles in their jaw and face move cohesively with their bite. If wearing a retainer that is not adjustable, it can cause you to shift your bite and result in teeth grinding. And although these are easy to break if stepped on, the acrylic is a hard material that will not stretch over time and can last with proper care and maintenance.

Anterior Biteplate

An image of a top and bottom Hawley retainer

Made from a clear thermoformed plastic, it is modified to resemble the Hawley retainer. Patients with a severe overbite and/or over-erupted lower incisors can benefit from this type of retainer. Also, an anterior biteplate is great for someone who clenches their teeth or has strong, chewing facial muscles. Its main function is to keep front teeth in place while allowing posterior teeth to erupt.

Patients wearing this type of device mustn't wear it full time, as it can cause uneven posterior eruption changes. Dr. Jones will recommend this particular device for individuals with a deep bite, not those with an open bite or vertical growth pattern.

Posterior Occlusal Coverage

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If you have an anterior open bite or vertical growth pattern, the posterior occlusal coverage retainer will best suit your needs. With the ability to be added to a top or bottom retainer, the appliance is similar to a splint and will likely need to be adjusted when delivered for placement.

Fortunately, this oral appliance can provide additional stability, and in teenagers, there is the possibility of further control of any vertical changes should there be any underlying growth potential.

Plastic Full Coverage

A posterior occlusal coverage retainer sitting next to a mouth mold

Unlike other types of retainers that include hard acrylic and wires, this s made from clear plastic and created using a digital scan of your smile. Similar to clear, orthodontic aligners, it is considered a “final post-orthodontic retainer” and is a great solution for individuals completing orthodontic treatment and beginning the restorative phase. This is an especially great option for individuals with a missing tooth.

It can stretch out because of the plastic material, and you will likely require a replacement at some point in the future; however, it is a far more desirable option because it is clear and undetectable by others. Not only is it quickly made, but it can be adjusted, if necessary, and help hold adjacent teeth in place for individuals with missing teeth.

Splints

A plastic coverage retainer for individuals who prefer a metal-free solution

If you need a solution that will allow you to maintain better jaw positioning, facial muscles, and bite alignment, a splint is a right solution for you. Not only can it provide full coverage, but it is also ideal for individuals who require a long-term retention solution.