Retainers are worn for both the upper and lower jaw to prevent the teeth from shifting back into their old positions. They are of two types of retainers - fixed and removable.
A fixed retainer consists of a wire of small diameter that is bonded to the tongue surface of the front teeth to maintain their alignment. A removable retainer either consists of a clear aligner or traditional acrylic with wire.
A fixed retainer can be worn all your life but may need occasional rebonding. Fixed retainers are mainly used when the orthodontic treatment has caused major changes in the tooth alignment and the risk of a relapse is high.
Traditional acrylic retainers or Hawley retainers consist of a wire that goes around the upper six front teeth and the acrylic conforms to the palate. Another type is made of clear plastic and can be easily worn over the teeth, similar to clear aligners like Invisalign.
To know which type of retainer is best suited to help your teeth maintain their ideal positions, contact Blue Ridge Family Dental for a consultation. Call us at (707) 345-1137 for an appointment.