Maintain Your Smile Using Retainers

An essential part of orthodontic care is being able to maintain the straight smile you have worked for.

A retainer is a custom-made oral appliance often used to maintain the alignment of your teeth after orthodontic treatment. If you have finished your orthodontic treatment at one of our offices in Parker or Castle Rock, our orthodontist may recommend a retainer to keep your smile properly aligned. As we age, our teeth tend to shift; the retainer ensures that your teeth remain in correct alignment for optimal oral health, functionality and appearance.

Types of Retainers

There are three main types of retainers available:

  • Hawley retainers consist of wires and clasps embedded in a plastic body that covers the roof of the mouth (for the upper arch) or lies along the tongue-side of the teeth (for the lower arch). The clasps fit around certain teeth to anchor the retainer in place, while the wire arches across the front of the teeth to maintain their alignment.
  • Clear retainers are made of clear plastic and fit snugly over the teeth. A clear retainer is usually more discreet than a Hawley retainer, although it may not be as durable.
  • Fixed retainers, also called bonded or permanent retainers, are permanently attached to the backside of the front teeth. They prevent the teeth from shifting out of place and can only be removed by a dental professional.

Our orthodontist will help you determine whether you need a retainer after your orthodontic treatment. Call us today at 303-841-2262 to schedule an appointment at either of our offices, located in Parker and Castle Rock, Colorado!