RETAINERS AT COASTAL ORTHODONTICS
Orthodontic treatment doesn't stop when your braces come off. Retainers are the key to keeping a straight and healthy smile following your orthodontic treatment. Retainers can be either fixed or removable and are designed to maintain your orthodontic treatment over the long-term.
Patients who have received their retainers should download this information sheet and checklist:
What is a Retainer?
As the name suggests, a retainer is designed to help retain the position of your teeth prior to orthodontic treatment. Our teeth shift as we get older and without a retainer, the effects of your orthodontic treatment will be reversed. Retainers are custom-made depending on your individual treatment plan. At Coastal Orthodontics we offer both fixed and removable retainers
As the name suggests, fixed retainers are permanently glued to the inside of the teeth after your orthodontic treatment. A permanent retainer is designed to prevent your teeth from shifting over time and keep your beautiful, straight smile.
There a commonly two types of removable retainers, plates & clear retainers. A plate, or wire, retainer contains a custom-moulded acrylic base that is fitted to the roof of your mouth. Clear retainers are similar to a mouthguard but thinner. They're made of a thin, clear plastic that is moulded from your teeth.
Your orthodontist will tell you how long you need to wear your retainer each day. Removable retainers need to be taken out for eating, cleaning and playing sport. While removable retainers are extremely durable they can sometimes be damaged. If you break, damage or lose your retainer get in touch with our team and we can organise for you to get a replacement.