After you have completed your orthodontic treatment and achieved a straight, beautiful smile, our orthodontist and team will provide you with a retainer to help keep your teeth in their correct positions. Retainers will prevent your teeth from shifting back into their previous positions so that you can continue to enjoy a beautiful smile for years to come. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Clark D Cash and learn more about retainers in Frankfort, Kentucky, call us today at 502-227-1931!
One of our most common retainers is an Essix retainer. This retainer is a type of clear retainer, similar in appearance to an Invisalign® clear aligner. In fact, Invisalign treatment and other clear aligners were modeled after the Essix retainer. The Essix retainer is aesthetically pleasing and easy to wear. Your retainer is specially designed to fit comfortably and snugly over your teeth, keeping them in their proper positions and giving you a more discreet retainer that is nearly invisible.
Bonded Lingual Retainer:
A bonded lingual retainer uses a braided stainless-steel wire adhered to the inner surface of your teeth by a composite resin to prevent tooth movement. Placed behind the teeth beneath your tongue, these retainers usually do not affect speech, but they may make flossing more difficult because of their fixed nature.
Hawley Retainer (Maxillary):
The Maxillary Hawley appliance is a retainer used to prevent the movement of teeth after the removal of braces. It is comprised of stainless-steel clips on the back molars, a wire across the front teeth and a framework along the roof of your mouth to keep it in place. Like most retainers, it is worn during sleep and can easily be cleaned with toothpaste and a toothbrush.
Banded Lingual Arch Retainer:
If the lower arch of your month needs space and your molars need to be straightened, we use a retainer called a lingual holding appliance. This appliance is placed along the inner side of your teeth near your tongue and allows for space as adult molars grown in.
For more information about retainers and to schedule a consultation with our experienced orthodontist, please contact our office today.