Once your orthodontic treatment is complete, retainers are your tool to ensure those results last. At Danville Orthodontics in Danville, California, Hoss Abar, DDS, MSD, creates retainers that you or your child will wear to preserve that gorgeous smile. To learn more about the role that retainers play in your orthodontic treatment plan, schedule a consultation with Dr. Abar today. Online scheduling makes it easy to find a convenient appointment time, or you’re always welcome to call and speak with a team member about appointment availability.

Retainers Q & A

What are orthodontic retainers?

Retainers have long been part of orthodontic care, but are far too often approached as an afterthought. That is understandable, as getting your braces removed reveals the full impact of your new smile. Who wants to cover up the final product so soon after those brackets and wires come off?

In reality, however, retainers play a vital role in your overall orthodontic care. These devices work to prevent your teeth from shifting out of position, which means they preserve that smile you’re so proud of.

What are retainers made of?

There are different types of retainers, and Dr. Abar creates a device best suited for your specific needs. Some retainers are made largely of metal, with a plastic portion that fits over your soft tissue. Others are crafted from plastic, with a metal wire across the front. There are even clear plastic versions that fit completely over the surface of your teeth.

Regardless of the type of retainer you receive, complying with Dr. Abar’s instructions is critical to preserving your straight smile. There is no one-size-fits-all timeline for wearing a retainer, but following your customized plan is the best way to preserve your smile.

How can I help my child remember to wear his or her retainer?

Parents can and should take steps to help their kids remember to wear their retainer. Just as with any other new habit, it can be challenging to work the retainer into the existing routine. That’s especially true for kids who head off to school and take their retainers with them.

One approach is to buy a special carrying case for the retainer, toothbrush, and toothpaste. Sometimes a slightly larger bag is harder to leave behind than the small container that comes with a new retainer.

Keeping the retainer and case in the same place can also help. A misplaced retainer isn’t being worn, which can allow teeth to shift out of position.

Finally, if a retainer is lost, broken, or no longer seems to fit properly, schedule an appointment with Dr. Abar for a replacement or adjustment. You can reach the office online or by phone to set up your visit.

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