Retainers near Port Washington, NY
Ensure Your Lifelong Beautiful Smile
There will come a day when you or your child will hear “Congratulations, your braces are coming off today!” To keep that fabulous smile, though, it will require wearing a retainer to keep your teeth in their new positions. Retainers near Port Washington, NY are custom-made oral appliances often used to maintain the alignment of your teeth after orthodontic treatment. As you age, your teeth tend to shift and the retainer ensures that your teeth remain in correct alignment for optimal oral health, functionality, and appearance.
Avenue Orthodontics provides two sets of retainers upon completion of your orthodontic treatment. We also see non-patients for retainers and are proud to offer high-quality retainers, which we make in-house.
Three Types of Retainers
There are three main types of retainers available. Our orthodontists will help you determine whether you need a retainer after your orthodontic treatment, and which one will work best for you.
Hawley Retainers – Consist of wires and clasps embedded in a plastic body that covers the roof of your mouth (for the upper arch) or lies along the tongue-side of your 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 your teeth to maintain their alignment.
Clear Retainers – Made of clear plastic and fit snugly over your 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, fixed retainers are permanently attached to the backside of your front teeth. They prevent your teeth from shifting out of place and can only be removed by a dental professional.
Wearing Your Retainer
It is incredibly important to keep up with your retainer schedule, whether it is wearing it day and night, only at night, or a few nights per week. During the first few months after braces are removed, there’s a high chance that your teeth will slip back toward their old positions if the retainer is not worn full-time. Without a retainer, your teeth will always move and shift. If you don’t follow your retainer schedule, you risk needing braces a second time – and no one wants to go through the time, effort, and cost to do that again. Take care of your new smile – you earned it!
Learn More About Retainers near Port Washington, NY Today
To experience our 5-star-rated orthodontic care, schedule your or your child’s complimentary New Patient Smile Assessment today by calling 516-484-0234 to reach our Roslyn office, 718-767-8400 to reach our Whitestone office, or by clicking here. Your appointment includes:
- A Discussion of Your Goals
- In-Depth Exam & Images
- Personalized Treatment Plan
- A $450 value, compliments of Avenue Orthodontics
During your or your child’s new patient appointment, we will take the time to answer all your questions about our orthodontic treatments, our office, our flexible payment options, and anything else you may want to know about us!
As one of the premier orthodontic practices near Port Washington, NY, our orthodontist and team at Avenue Orthodontics also provide 5-star orthodontic care to patients from Roslyn, Whitestone, Manhasset (Plandome), East Hills, Flushing, College Point, Little Neck (Douglaston), Bayside, Westbury & Great Neck, NY & the surrounding areas.