Ronald C. Kobernick, DDS, MScD, PA
Periodontics
10601 Seminole Blvd, Largo, FL & 111 2nd Avenue NE, St. Petersburg, FL
727-397-8503

Orthodontic Treatment Systems: Retainers

Retainers

Once your teeth are properly positioned, your braces will be removed. Impressions will be taken, and retainers will be inserted to hold your teeth in their new positions until your bone, gums, and muscles adapt to the corrected position of your teeth.

There are a number of choices for retainers, and we will decide which is best for you. Some are thin clear trays which are worn over the teeth. Another option is the use of a removable plastic retainer, incorporating thin stainless steel wire to support the teeth. Often, a “permanent” retainer is bonded behind the lower front teeth to make certain those teeth, which have a tendency to shift after the completion of orthodontic treatment, are as stabile as possible.

If the removable retainers are not worn as instructed, your teeth may move toward their original positions, and the benefits achieved in correcting your malocclusion will be lost. The lower bonded retainer can break if hard or sticky foods are chewed in the lower front area.

Because the retention requirements for each of our patients vary, Dr. Kobernick will determine how long you need to wear your retainers. Some people may need retainers for an extended period of time in order to eliminate shifting of the teeth. The retention period is an important part of your overall treatment and should not be neglected!

Handle your removable retainers with care, because they are easy to lose or break. If you take your retainers out, always place them in your retainer case for safety.

Retainer photo St Petersburg, FL  Retainer photo St Petersburg, FL

Retainer photo St Petersburg, FL  Retainer photo St Petersburg, FL

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