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Retainer (space maintainer) Burlington

At Lakeside Family Dental, we understand the importance of maintaining the alignment of your teeth, whether you've recently had braces or need assistance in preventing orthodontic issues. Orthodontic retainers, including space maintainers, play a crucial role in ensuring your teeth stay in their desired positions while allowing surrounding gums and bone to adjust. Whether you're in need of a retainer before or after orthodontic treatment, we're here to provide you with the care and guidance you need.

Types of Retainers

There are several types of retainers available, each with its own advantages:

  1. Hawley Retainer: This common retainer consists of a metal wire that wraps around your teeth to keep them in place. It is anchored in a specially molded acrylic form, which can be customized with a variety of colors. Hawley retainers can be designed for both the upper and lower arches.
  2. Essix Retainer: Similar in appearance to Invisalign trays, Essix retainers are clear and fit over the entire arch of your teeth. They are less noticeable and offer a more discreet option for retention. However, they may not be suitable for all cases, such as patients with teeth grinding issues.
  3. Fixed Retainer: Unlike removable retainers, fixed retainers are bonded to the back of your teeth. They are not removable and provide a continuous means of retention. Fixed retainers are often recommended when significant orthodontic changes have occurred and there is a risk of reversal.

Adjusting to Your Retainer

It's natural to experience some adjustments when you first start wearing a retainer. You may produce extra saliva, find it difficult to speak clearly, or notice minor changes in your speech patterns. These effects typically diminish as you become accustomed to wearing your retainer regularly.

Maintaining Your Retainer

Proper care and maintenance of your retainer are essential to ensure its effectiveness and longevity. Most removable retainers come with a protective case to keep them safe when not in use. Additionally, regular cleaning and gentle brushing of your retainer will help prevent tartar build-up and maintain good oral hygiene.

Contact Us Today

If you have questions about orthodontic retainers or need to schedule an appointment with Dr. Michael Cohen & Associates, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at (905) 637-0801. Our practice is conveniently located at 5353 Lakeshore Rd, Unit 21 in Burlington, ON, making it easy for you to access the care you need. We look forward to assisting you in achieving and maintaining optimal dental health.

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