Custom Retainers in Spokane, WA

custom retainerWhen you invest in your dental health – you want to make sure you preserve your investment! The best way to keep the progress and success you have had with your orthodontic treatment is with a custom retainer. Our team at DaBell & Paventy Orthodontics will work with you after your braces are removed (or once your Invisalign® treatment has finished) to fit you with a retainer so your beautiful, bright smile can last for decades!

The Right Retainer for You

Every patient has a unique smile, and that means every patient will have a different plan for retainers. As a simple oral appliance, retainers will maintain the new position of your teeth when braces have been removed.

Types of Retainers

Invisible Retainers are made of clear plastic and fit snugly over the teeth. An invisible retainer is usually more discreet than a Hawley retainer, although it may not be as durable.

Hawley Retainers

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.

Lower Fixed or Bonded Retainers

Lower Fixed (or Bonded) Retainers, also called 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.

Retainer Care Tips

Retainers play a crucial role in maintaining the alignment of your teeth after you have completed orthodontic treatment. Wearing retainers regularly prevents teeth from shifting back into their original positions and helps you keep your healthy smile. Like any dental appliance, retainers require proper care and maintenance to function effectively and last a long time. To help you keep your retainers in top condition, we have compiled a list of simple and practical steps that you can take to keep your retainers clean and protected.

  • Clean your retainer regularly. Treat your retainer like your own teeth! After each wear, brush your retainer gently with a toothbrush and water. Be careful with some kinds of toothpaste, especially whitening toothpaste, as they can be abrasive to your retainer and cause small scratches making it harder to keep clean.
  • Soak your retainer. To add a little extra ‘clean’ to your retainer, try soaking it. You can purchase retainer cleaning products, like Retainer Brite, which comes in tablet form. If your retainer needs to be disinfected or starts smelling bad, you can make a disinfecting solution by mixing 1 part sodium hypochlorite bleach with 10 parts water. Soak for 5 minutes, rinse thoroughly with water and your retainer will be squeaky clean!
  • Keep your retainer away from kids and pets. We get it, you may love your pooch, but they sure do have a knack for snacking on retainers! Keep your retainer safe and out of the way by placing it high so pups and small children can’t get to them.
  • Brush your teeth. Before putting on your retainer, brush your teeth! If you place your retainer on dirty teeth, your retainer will get dirty much faster and it’s not good for your teeth either.
  • Avoid wrapping your retainer in a napkin. If you wrap your retainer in a napkin during meals, it can be easy to toss your napkin – along with the retainer – into the garbage. To avoid a gross trip into the dumpster, always keep your retainer in the retainer case when it is not in your mouth.
  • Wear them – don’t lose them. Retainers should be worn every night – forever – or until your orthodontist tells you differently. Wearing your retainer properly is the best way to keep your smile looking perfect year after year. When not wearing it – keep it in its case.

Maintain Your Smile with a Retainer from DaBell & Paventy

Whether you are a current orthodontic patient of DaBell & Paventy – or you completed your orthodontic treatment somewhere else – it is important to maintain your smile with a custom retainer. Schedule an appointment with our team today so we can help fit you for a comfortable retainer. Your beautiful smile can last forever!

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