To help you maintain your straightening treatment for life, our orthodontist at Safari Dental may recommend Vivera® retainers. These smooth oral appliances are designed to fit securely and comfortably over your teeth to keep them in position. To learn more about how a Vivera retainer can help you maintain your straight, beautiful smile, we invite you to contact our office in Bryan, TX today!
A retainer is a custom-made oral appliance often used to maintain the alignment of your teeth after orthodontic treatment. If you have finished your orthodontic treatment, our dentist may recommend a retainer to keep your smile properly aligned. As you age, your teeth tend to shift; the retainer ensures that your teeth remain in correct alignment for optimal oral health, functionality, and appearance. There are three main types of retainers available:
- Hawley retainers consist of wires and clasps embedded in a plastic body that covers the roof of the mouth (for the upper arch) or lies along the tongue side of the teeth (for the lower arch). The clasps fit around certain teeth to anchor the retainer in place, while the wire arches across the front of the teeth to maintain their alignment.
- Clear retainers are made of clear plastic and fit snugly over the teeth. A clear retainer is usually more discreet than a Hawley retainer, although it may not be as durable.
- Fixed retainers, also called bonded or permanent retainers, are permanently attached to the backside of the front teeth. This prevents the teeth from shifting out of place, and it can only be removed by your dentist.
Our dentist will help you determine whether you need a retainer after your orthodontic treatment. For more information, we welcome you to call us today!