Your Guide to Retainers in Miami, FL
Achieve a Perfect Smile with Dr. Grussmark
After we remove your braces, Dr. Grussmark can mitigate the natural shifting of your teeth with a retainer. Retainers are much more comfortable to wear than braces and easily removable for your convenience.
We can also use retainers for minor tooth adjustments that don’t require braces or to help with issues such as bruxism and malocclusion.
Your Retainer Options
At the Centre for Invisible Braces, we feature three types of retainers for your convenience. These include:
1. Hawley Retainers
Hawley retainers are the traditional model, describing a custom-fitted plastic surface with a metal wire that’s bent around your impacted teeth. They’re totally adjustable and highly durable for long-lasting results, but they’re more noticeable than other options and may cause you to have a lisp at first.
2. Essix Clear Retainers
Resembling an Invisalign® aligner, Essix retainers are made from clear material for a discreet appearance. Sometimes referred to as invisible retainers, these are the ideal option for patients who are self-conscious about wearing an orthodontic appliance.
The only drawback of Essix clear retainers is that they don’t allow your top and bottom teeth to touch naturally, leading to a shorter lifespan.
3. Bonded Retainers
Bonded retainers are cemented to the back of your teeth, making them the only non-removable option. They’re completely unnoticeable, as no part of the appliance will be visible in your smile. Since they’re never removed, bonded retainers are also usually the most efficient option in terms of straightening your teeth. Unfortunately, bonded retainers are difficult to keep clean and can damage your teeth if they fail.
How to Clean Your Retainer
The key to keeping your retainer clean is not letting it dry out. Soak it in distilled water to prevent tartar and other bacteria from bonding to it. It’s also important to brush your retainer using lukewarm water and a soft brush. For a deeper clean, you can mix mild soap into the water but refrain from using toothpaste, denture cleaners, or other chemical solutions.
Most importantly, if your retainer is removable, never eat or drink anything other than water without removing it.
Common Retainer Issues
Some of the most common issues our patients experience with retainers include:
- Letting it dry out
- Cleaning with non-distilled water or abrasive chemicals
- Exposing it to hot water
In addition to these issues, many patients report lost retainers. Since they’re small and removable, it’s important to keep track of your retainer to avoid wasting unnecessary time and money on a replacement.
How Long Do I Have to Wear a Retainer After Braces?
The answer to this question varies depending on the level of orthodontic treatment you’ve received. Typically, most dentists will recommend wearing your retainer for about 12 months after treatment. You’ll wear it full time for the first 4-6 months, then overnight indefinitely until Dr. Grussmark determines it’s no longer necessary.
Visit Centre for Invisible Orthodontics
If you have any questions about retainers, or if you need one to correct an issue with your teeth, Dr. Grussmark will be happy to help. With over 30 years of experience, he can provide the comfortable and efficient orthodontic care you deserve.
Contact one of our three offices in the Miami area to schedule your free consultation.