A permanent retainer is a reliable method of ensuring that the teeth remain aligned after your braces treatment. The Doral & Miami Centers for Orthodontics offer permanent retainers and other orthodontic solutions to residents of Miami Springs, Kendall, Hialeah, and the neighboring areas of Florida.
What is a Permanent Retainer?
A permanent retainer, also called a lingual retainer or a bonded retainer, is a wire that is cemented to the inside of the teeth to prevent them from shifting after a braces treatment. Retainers are essential during the retention phase of treatment, helping to maintain the bite and the teeth the way they were aligned after braces.
How Do I Care for My Permanent Retainer?
The best way to ensure that you are properly caring for your permanent retainer is to maintain good oral health habits. Brushing and flossing are essential to preserving the health of your teeth and keeping your retainer clean. Permanent retainers can make flossing and brushing more difficult, but it is important to pay special attention to the areas where your retainer is fixed. You may also need to be careful when eating certain foods, as hard or chewy foods can damage your retainer.
How Long Will I Have to Wear My Permanent Retainer?
Although they are called permanent retainers, fixed retainers aren’t necessarily worn forever. At some point, your orthodontist may recommend that you switch to a removable retainer, as they are easier to clean around. During your appointment, we will be able to tell you how long you can expect to wear your permanent retainer for as well as options after removal.
Retainers are the best way to maintain a straight and healthy smile after a braces treatment. To learn more about your retainer options or to schedule an appointment, contact us today. The Doral & Miami Centers for Orthodontics proudly serve the Miami Springs, Kendall, Hialeah, and the neighboring areas of Florida.