• What are the Benefits of Wearing a Retainer After Orthodontic Treatment?

    Have you recently been liberated from your metal braces , or finished up your Invisalign treatment? We bet you’re glad to have your braces removed, revealing your beautiful new straight teeth and smile!

    We’d also bet you’re keen to hold onto that new smile after all that time and care (and money!) so you’ll now want to make sure that it’s an investment that lasts.

    That’s why it’s very important that you continue to follow your orthodontist’s advice and plan, even after you’ve gotten your braces removed. To keep your teeth from shifting back, and continue correcting your bite and any minor teeth movements, we recommend using removable appliances – commonly known as retainers.

    Woman with straight teeth smiling, holding two removable retainer devices

    There are many different types of removable retainer devices that orthodontists recommend using to best preserve your smile. Let’s take a look at some of these options.

    Bonded Retainers

    This common retainer is used for the lower front teeth. Bonded retainers are glued to the back of the lower six front teeth, with an option to leave it permanently in place to keep those teeth in position. These bonded retainers are very discreet, as they are on the inside of your teeth only. Adults may particularly like this option, as it’s almost invisible to others.

    Clear Retainers

    This common retainer is used for the upper front teeth, available in a clear material . It’s recommended for wearing while sleeping, especially to prevent tooth movements during this time. Just pop your retainer in before bed after cleaning your teeth. Both teenagers and adults will feel comfortable with these retainers, as they have no impact on daily life.

    Plate Retainers

    Available for either the upper or lower arches, plate retainers will keep all your teeth secured and provide peace of mind after your orthodontic treatment. Be aware that you may need to remove your retainer for eating and drinking – your orthodontist will be able to provide you with specific instructions for your individual treatment.

    Banded Retainers

    Banded retainers are provided for patients with specific dental issues. These appliances are glued to the back of the teeth and can be left permanently in place to ensure proper teeth correction.

    Whichever retainer you have, make sure you wear it for as long as your orthodontist recommends, to help you keep that dream smile for life.

    At Tony Weir Orthodontics , our team of expert orthodontists will ensure your treatment lasts beyond your achieved smile – we want your smile to last a lifetime. If you need more information about retainers, or have any questions about your treatment plan, call (07) 3054 6763 or contact us online .

  • What are Lingual Braces and Would They Be Suitable for Me?

    Do you want a straighter smile without the visible wires and brackets of traditional braces?

    Close up of open mouth with mirror reflecting the metal braces on the inside of the teeth

    Lingual braces are just like conventional braces, except the brackets and wires are attached to the back of your teeth instead of the front. This makes them invisible to see, so if you are looking to straighten your teeth, but are self-conscious about the look of visible braces, this could be the best orthodontic treatment for you.

    Who Are Lingual Braces Right for?

    An experienced orthodontist will be able to advise you if lingual braces are the best option for you. Most people are perfect candidates for this type of treatment.

    However, adults may find it a particularly attractive option as their appearance will not be altered in any way throughout the treatment – work colleagues, friends and strangers won’t even know your braces are there!

    What Are the Benefits of Choosing Lingual Braces?

    Like all orthodontic treatments, there are certain pros and cons to lingual braces.

    Here are both the advantages and disadvantages of lingual braces, to provide you with a bit more information about the treatment when you speak to an orthodontist further.

    The Pros

    The number one advantage of lingual braces is that you’ll feel less self-conscious about your braces when talking to other people.

    In addition, compared to the conventional kind, lingual braces don’t distort the natural contour of your lips. Your appearance will not be altered at all, overall.

    As well as these advantages, lingual braces are also guaranteed to have a treatment time that is the same or less compared to front-facing braces.

    The Cons

    The primary disadvantage of lingual braces is their cost – they are generally approximately twice as expensive as conventional braces. This is something you will need to weigh up when you discuss your options with your orthodontist. If invisibility of your braces is important to your career, social life or just your own self-esteem, you may consider it a solid and worthy investment in the long run.

    Another factor to consider when choosing lingual braces is that you may find it a little difficult to speak for a few days while you get used to them. A professional orthodontist will be able to help you adjust to your lingual braces, and provide you with information and assistance at each stage of your treatment.

    Tony Weir Orthodontics offers lingual braces as one of our wide range of professional orthodontic treatments.

    If you’d like to find out more about lingual braces , and if it’s the best orthodontic option for you, call (07) 3054 6763 or contact us online to book an appointment. An orthodontist will be able to provide an expert opinion and treatment plan for you, helping you achieve a more confident, beautiful smile.