A Retainer Can Help Preserve the Alignment of Your Teeth

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Traditional braces are often used to correct misaligned teeth. They are often an effective treatment option for addressing problems like malocclusion, overcrowded teeth and other deviations in your dentition. The realignment process relies on regularly scheduled adjustments performed by our orthodontists to tighten the braces hardware. The progressive tension applied to your traditional braces and teeth will then gradually alter the periodontal ligaments that hold your teeth in their sockets.

Drs. Abraham Chahine and Eleni Michailidis often recommend scheduling adjustments four to six weeks apart to allow the periodontal ligaments to adapt to their new orientation. Once your teeth have achieved their corrected position, we can remove the orthodontic components.

After the traditional braces have been removed, there will still be some lingering tension remaining in your periodontal connective tissues. If it isn’t countered by using a retainer, the latent tension could cause your teeth to relapse out of their newly corrected alignment.

Hawley retainers are the most common option for preserving realigned teeth. This is a removable piece of oral acrylic and metal that our orthodontists will design to comfortably conform to the unique shape of your mouth. Your retainer will likely include metal components designed to lock onto specific teeth.

We also offer clear retainers! These are made of clear plastic and fit snugly over the teeth. Although more discreet than a Hawley retainer, they may not be as durable. Fixed retainers (also known as bonded or permanent retainers) are a permanent solution for preventing your teeth from shifting and should only be attached or removed by your orthodontist.

If you live in the Whitestone, New York, area and you have questions about retainers, we invite you to call 718-767-8400 to speak with a member of our caring staff at Avenue Orthodontics. We are happy to serve you and your smile today!