After you have completed your orthodontic treatment, Dr. Evan Perkins can walk you through post-op instructions and help you determine if a retainer is needed to keep your smile properly aligned. If you are interested in learning more about retainers in Fort Worth, Texas, please contact Perkins Orthodontics today at (817) 294-5021 and we can schedule you a visit with our orthodontist in Fort Worth.
Retainers are custom-made appliances that are used to maintain your orthodontic results. Once your treatment is finished, you’ll need to wear a retainer to keep your smile straight. A retainer also helps ensure your smile as you age, as our teeth tend to shift as we get older. There are three main types of retainers used by orthodontists:
- Hawley retainers are the retainer most people think of when they think of retainers. They consist of metal wire that goes around the teeth and a plastic body that sits on the palate.
- Clear retainers look similar to clear aligners and fit snugly over the teeth. They are more aesthetically pleasing than Hawley retainers but are not as durable.
- Fixed retainers are bonded directly to the back of the front teeth. These are used in patients with a high probability of relapse and can only be removed by an orthodontist.
Our orthodontist will help you determine whether you need a retainer after your orthodontic treatment. For more information, we welcome you to call us today!