Retainers Cerritos CA

Retainers

ORTHODONTIC RETAINERS IN CERRITOS, CA

Keeping that brand-new smile beautiful is important, and retainers help you preserve your transformed smile. If you need a retainer in Southern California, Orthodontist of Cerritos can provide you with the latest advancements in technology to help you keep a gorgeous, happy smile.

WHAT ARE RETAINERS?

For many people, braces are only a part of the journey to a straighter and healthier smile. Orthodontists often use small wearable devices called retainers to hold the teeth in position and achieve straight alignment with the jaw. Patients can wear retainers before the installation or after the removal of braces, but more typically for “retaining” the shape of the teeth after braces or Invisalign.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF RETAINERS?

In addition to keeping your teeth straight, a retainer can help improve your speech and align your mouth for optimum breathing. Because they aid in chewing and saliva production, retainers can also lead to a decrease in plaque and cavities.

ARE THERE DIFFERENT TYPES OF RETAINERS?

At Orthodontist of Cerritos, we offer a variety of different retainers for our patients. The perfect retainer for you will depend on your age, lifestyle, and orthodontic needs. Newer retainer technology means we can make custom-molded retainers that fit like a glove while being almost invisible. We might also recommend removable vs. permanent retainers, depending on the structure of your teeth and jaw.

Orthodontic Retainers Cerritos CA
Retainers in Cerritos CA

WHAT IS A HAWLEY RETAINER?

A Hawley retainer is the removable retainer you are most familiar with and have seen often. The Hawley retainer consists of a hard acrylic baseplate that rests against the palate and a metal wire that surrounds the six anterior incisors and canine teeth.

WHAT IS A CLEAR RETAINER?

Some retainers feature clear acrylic and wire to make them less visually apparent in the mouth. This is an especially good option for older professionals who don’t want their orthodontics to be visible.

WHAT ARE PERMANENT RETAINERS?

Quite different from removable retainers, which can be easily taken in and out, permanent (or “fixed”) retainers typically sit discreetly at the back of the teeth and stay in the mouth for several years or more.

WHAT IS A VIVERA RETAINER?

Made using the same cutting-edge technology that created Invisalign clear aligners, Vivera retainers are not only nearly undetectable when worn, but they are far less likely to break or crack when compared with other clear retainers. The Vivera retainer is custom-made for the individual using the state-of-art digital technology used to make Invisalign clear aligners.

HOW LONG DO I NEED TO WEAR A RETAINER?

The length of time you must wear a retainer may vary significantly depending on your specific needs and goals. In order to stabilize teeth after the removal of braces, you will typically need to wear your retainer around the clock for 4 to 6 months before switching to nighttime wear for at least 6 to 8 months more.

HOW DO I CARE FOR MY RETAINER?

Just as you brush your teeth, you must clean your retainer daily to prevent the buildup of bacteria. Your toothbrush is an excellent tool for keeping your retainer clean. If your retainer is removable, you may also soak it in mouthwash.

Orthodontic Retainers Cerritos CA

HOW MUCH DO RETAINERS COST?

Contingent on the type of retainer you want/need and the amount of time that you will need to wear it, the overall cost of your retainer may be quite difficult to estimate. However, the majority of insurance plans that cover multi-phase orthodontics will cover the cost of your retainer. You may also be eligible for one or more easy payment options.

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