Retainers are used once orthodontic treatment is complete. Retainers are needed to hold teeth in their new position while surrounding bone and gums adjusts to this new position.
Retainers are used once orthodontic treatment is complete. Retainers are needed to hold teeth in their new position while surrounding bone and gums adjust to this new position. The length of time a patient wears retainers varies and is determined only by Dr. Bock. There are 3 different types of retainers: Hawley retainers, Tru-Tain retainers, or fixed lingual retainers.
The most common type is the Hawley retainer, which is made of a metal wire that surrounds the teeth and keeps them in place. It is anchored in a specially-molded, sometimes brightly colored acrylic form that sits in the palate or floor of the mouth. Top and bottom retainers are usually made as prescribed by Dr. Bock.
The Tru-Tain retainer is a clear or transparent retainer that fits over the entire arch of teeth and is also made from a mold. It is similar in appearance to Invisalign trays. Trutain retainers are less expensive, more aesthetic, easier to wear than Hawley retainers, and come highly recommended by Dr.Bock.
The fixed lingual retainer typically consists of a passive wire bonded to the tongue-side of the lower incisors, but other teeth can be treated in similar fashion as well. The bonded wire does not allow teeth to move. A fixed retainer is Dr. Bock’s preferred type of retainer. Upon completion of orthodontic treatment, Dr. Bock will prescribe the best type of retainer for you.