An orthodontic retainer is a customized dental appliance that helps maintain alignment of teeth after completing orthodontic treatment.
Retainers are available in three types:
- Consists of wires and clasps that covers the upper arch and lower arch. The clasps of the retainer would fit around teeth. The wires would maintain teeth's alignment.
- Clear retainers are made of clear plastic and fit over teeth.
- Fixed retainers are also commonly known as bonded or permanent retainers. They are placed at the back of the front teeth. Retainers would function by preventing shifting of teeth.
After your braces are removed, you will enter the retention phase of your orthodontic treatment. Our dentist and an orthodontic specialist will provide you with a retainer to retain your new dental structure until the gums and bone have adapted.
Dr. Lawrence Wu and Dr. Rosie Matin will determine which retainer best suits your needs and how long it needs to be worn. Call 408-266-2800 today if you have any questions about orthodontic retainers in San Jose, California, or would like to schedule an appointment with our dentist.