Removable appliances are usually used to keep your teeth in the new, correct positions after your braces have been removed. Some removable appliances are also used before orthodontic treatment to stimulate jaw growth and change your facial skeletal structure.
Types of Retainers
Retainers may be removable or fixed. They hold your teeth in their new, correct positions after your teeth have been straightened. Dr. Milestone will instruct you on how to care for your retainer and about the duration of the wear. When we remove your braces, we will begin the retention stage of your treatment. Your final orthodontic result depends on wearing your removable retainers, so follow through with the hard work you’ve put in so far. Please wear your removable appliance as prescribed, and remember to remove your retainer before brushing. You should also brush your retainer before placing it back in your mouth (Hawley and Clear Retainers).
An entirely different category of orthodontic retainers are fixed retainers. Wires are often bonded to the back of the upper and lower front teeth following orthodontic treatment. These fixed retention wires are designed to maintain the alignment of the anterior teeth 24 hours a day. This allows for reduced time while wearing removable retainers each day and then usually can be limited to night time only.