With any orthodontic treatment, to retain that new smile will need a little help.
A retainer is a custom-made orthodontic appliances designed to “retain” or hold the position of your teeth. Once your braces come off, your teeth need to settle into the bone and gums that hold them in place. Made of wire and plastic or solid plastic, your custom-made retainer will keep your teeth from shifting and protect your investment in orthodontics.
As you age, your teeth tend to shift. Your retainer will also help control this naturally occurring, age-related shifting.
Three types of retainer
The most common type of retainer, Hawley retainers have a design that consists of wires and clasps embedded in a relatively thick plastic body that covers over the roof of the your mouth or lies along the tongue side of your lower teeth. The clasps grasp selected teeth so the retainer is anchored securely. The retaining “bow” wire arches across the front side of the your teeth and holds and maintains their alignment.
These retainers are clear plastic vacuum-formed appliances that are made by taking a cast of your teeth. Although they are slightly less noticeable, they don’t have the life span of Hawley retainers.
Fixed retainers are also referred to as “bonded” or “permanent” retainers. And, as each of these names suggest, these types of appliances are attached (bonded) directly to the backsides of the front teeth (3 teeth left of centre and 3 right of centre). Fixed retainers do not touch or hold the back teeth because it’s not possible to have a wire go round the entire mouth. Thus, the back teeth may move over time. Also, since they are attached to your teeth, they cannot be removed, except by Dr Tarraf or another dental professional
Our new Trios Scanner
A new addition to Chatswood Orthodontic technology has been our very own Trios 3 Shape scanner. While we have been very excited with its arrival, what are the benefits to us and patients?
As a patient the Trios will mean no more messy plaster and impressions taken for your teeth when having either suresmile or Incognito treatment*. For our former patients, you can now get your orthodontics records updated to include a 3D model of your teeth, then if you ever need to replace an existing retainer, we can send it out without you having to come in for to the practice. Get in touch if your would like to have your records updated with a 3D model.
The Trios scanner will allow us to become more efficient in the practice which saves you time. We will be able to see your scan as a 3D model, develop your treatment plan, and you can start treatment sooner.