The position of your teeth doesn’t remain constant your entire life. If you have worn braces to align your teeth, you will have to use retainers to ensure that your teeth don’t move back to their original position.
A retainer is an orthodontic appliance that is custom-designed to fit in your mouth and hold your teeth in place. Retainers need to be worn for at least a minimum of 2 years after braces have been removed. The type of retainer you’ll have to use will depend on the treatment plan for your individual case. There are 3 types of retainers available and it’s important to find out the pros and cons that come with each type.
Types of Retainers
A Hawley retainer consists of an acrylic body attached to wires and clasps. The acrylic body is custom designed to match the shape of the roof of your mouth or the area between the tongue and the gums in the lower jaw. The bow shaped wires keep your teeth straight by not allowing them to shift out of their desired location and the clasps grip the teeth so that the retainer doesn’t fall out of the mouth. The acrylic used in Hawley retainers comes in many shades so it’s easy to find one that matches the natural colour of your mouth. Moreover, the material is durable and the wires can be adjusted when required. The biggest advantage is that they’re removable, so you can brush, floss and rinse regularly, reducing your chance of suffering from decay.
Hawley retainers are not the most discreet retainers. The wires are easily visible along with the acrylic body when patients open their mouth to laugh or yawn. The retainers can also break easily if they’re not properly looked after. Patients, who are used to wearing traditional braces won’t find it very difficult to get used to these retainers.
Transparent retainers are the most aesthetically appealing orthodontic appliances. They’re made of clear plastic so they look very natural inside your mouth. They look quite similar to Invisalign aligners. Transparent retainers don’t interfere with your speech and can be easily removed when you need to brush your teeth. They’re not ideal for patients who grind their teeth because they can crack or break easily and they’re not as tough as Hawley retainers. They do, however, protect the surface of the teeth from damage caused by grinding of the teeth.
Fixed Bonded Retainers
Fixed retainers are bonded to the teeth in the lower jaw. They’re fitted behind the lower front teeth on the tongue side. Since they’re secured in place, they can only be removed by the dentist. These retainers are ideal for patients whose teeth are at greater risk of moving back to their original position. Fixed, bonded retainers trap food particles which can lead to tartar build-up. Moreover, if you bite on something hard like a bone, the retainer may break and require prompt attention.
Since each retainer has its own advantages and disadvantages you will have to work with your orthodontist to determine which one is best for your situation.
Tony Weir Orthodontics offers the most effective treatment of misaligned teeth. We were awarded Platinum-level certification from Invisalign because of our experience in fitting braces. If you’re looking for orthodontic treatment in Brisbane or South East Queensland, drop by our clinic and find out what we can do for you.
Call us on 07 3278 1492 to book an appointment or visit us online .
When it comes to teeth straight is best, so let’s get straight to the point – everybody deserves a perfect smile, so why do we only put braces on children?
The truth is, braces aren’t just for kids anymore. With continual advances in technology, adults around the country are taking up the call for greater oral health and an eye-catching smile.
Take a look at our infographic below for facts and figures on braces for adults – if you have any queries or would like a consultation, please give us a call today.
Once purely the reserve of teenagers, orthodontic braces have recently become more popular with adults who are keen on achieving their dream smile!
In fact, even A-list celebrities have been seen sporting train tracks and metal mouths, and many have admitted that their movie star smiles have had a little help from orthodontics.
From singers and actors of all ages, check out this list of celebs who have embraced braces to achieve their smiles.
- Angelina Jolie, Hollywood’s leading actress – braces as a teenager
- Beyonce Knowles, RnB superstar – adult braces at 29
- Britney Spears, pop sensation – braces and retainer in her teenage years
- Dakota Fanning, who won our hearts in I Am Sam – braces in early teens
- Delta Goodrem, singer-songwriter – adult braces at 20
- Faye Dunaway, celebrity actress – adult braces at 61!
- Gwen Stefani, queen of punk rock – adult braces at 30
- Khloe Kardashian, celebrity sister – adult Invisalign
- Niall Horan, One Direction boy bander – teenage braces
- Nicolas Cage, actor – underwent orthodontic treatment between films.
- Prince Harry, English royalty – braces in his 20s
- Tom Cruise, A-list actor – adult braces at 39
Wear Your Braces with Pride!
You may be even more surprised to hear that a lot of these celebrities have opted for traditional metal braces , instead of deciding on less visible options such as clear Invisalign braces, and lingual braces that are fitted to the inside of teeth. With this statement, celebs are showing that they’re not just embracing their braces; they’re showing them off loud and proud!
When superstar Beyonce donned the full metal brackets there was nothing technically wrong with her teeth. The RnB star has said she wanted to send a message to millions of her teenage fans that ‘faces with braces’ can still have ‘grins that wins’.
Another famous songstress, Gwen Stefani, said her braces were the first thing she bought once her punk rock band No Doubt made a bit of money. ‘I always told myself when I got rich, that’s the first thing I’d do,’ Gwen has claimed.
Wearing braces shows you care about looking after your teeth, and your future smile. And there’s nothing cooler than being yourself, and showing that to the world – if you’re not bothered by your braces it’s likely no one else is either!
Feel Better About Braces
These days, traditional braces come in a range of different colours and styles and the latest versions are almost invisible, with clear or natural coloured brackets. If it’s still important to you or your child to have a less visible treatment option, you may like to consider the virtually invisible lingual braces or clear Invisalign aligners.
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Whichever treatment option you choose, we hope this has been a nice reminder that even the rich and the famous aren’t born with perfect teeth.
If your child or teenager is feeling self-conscious about their braces, remind them of this fact, and show them some photos of Beyonce and Britney, Prince Harry and Niall. And if you’ve been unsure about getting adult braces yourself, remember – if Tom Cruise and Faye Dunaway can do it in their 40s and 60s, so can you!