Retainers for Retention in Edina, MN

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Retain Alignment with Various Retainer Options

Wearing orthodontic braces is not an overnight decision. It is a commitment for six to 24 months to move teeth, straighten teeth, close gaps, and improve a bite pattern. It would be terribly upsetting to accomplish that goal and then some time down the road find out that your teeth have begun to shift back to their original locations. Depending on the severity of your correction, your teeth will have a tendency to return to the original location due any number of factors; pressure from soft tissue, connective tissue fibers that attach the tooth to the bone and the amount of occlusion which is the contact between teeth. The entire staff at Pan Orthodontics, 5101 Vernon Ave. in Edina, MN, is trained to identify retainer edina issues and to determine which will be best for you. Upon an evaluation Dr. Pan may suggest one over the other based on your scenario. We will look at the type of retainers, proper care of that retainer and the pros and cons of proceeding with the use of the different retainers. Concerned? Call 952-926-3747 for a consultation today.

It used to be that orthodontists recommended a few years that you needed to wear a retainer. How wrong we have been! In the last few decades, our dental and orthodontic communities finally recognized that orthodontic retention is a life-time commitment. Our teeth were programmed to move, no matter the age or how long you wore your braces.

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The Different Types of Retainers Edina

A common type of retainer is the fixed or permanent retainer. This is when the brackets are put on the back, or lingual side, of your teeth and an arch wire is attached. This is usually not the kind we recommend due to the hardship of cleaning in between your teeth and flossing. The myth is that they are “permanent” and a care-free approach. On the contrary, we found out that these fixed retainers alone are not sufficient to hold your teeth in place. Consider how many teeth we have? Fixed retainers to be minimally obstructing the cleaning and flossing, can only be placed on 6 teeth. That means, teeth can still go crooked, gaped, or crowded without the removable Invisalign-like retainers that cover every single tooth to prevent unnecessary movement.

The second option is a Hawley retainer. This is an acrylic piece that sits on the roof of your mouth, or under your tongue, and the wire that sits against your teeth is fixed to the acrylic portion. The advantage of this retainer is the fact that it can be removed and it lasts long, the disadvantage is that it needs constant adjustment and does not attend to the details (a turning tooth for example) as much as an Invisalign-kind retainer.

The most recommended option is a new clear plastic retainer, much like the trays used in the Invisalign process for moving teeth. An impression is made, the plastic tray is made from that impression and it gives you a great option that is virtually invisible to those around you.

Why an Edina Retainer

We mentioned earlier that Dr. Pan will consider the amount of orthodontic correction as a baseline and then there may be these considerations through an evaluation process to determine which retainer is best for you. If you breathe through your mouth you might need a stronger retainer. The clenching and grinding of your teeth create more muscle hyperactivity and needs retention. If you thrust your tongue into your teeth of if you play a musical instrument that has you blowing through a reed it is an issue to be dealt with. If you suck your lip or bite on a pen or pencil these are habits detrimental to your newly repositioned teeth. Your teammates at Pan Orthodontics have invested in your smile with you and they want to see you maintain that smile.

In most cases you will be asked to wear your retainer 12 hours a day for a year to stabilize your dental corrections. After the first year, we recommend every night for as long as you want to keep teeth straight. Through regular appointments we will monitor your teeth and make sure they are not regressing back to their original positions. It is a collaborative effort; you will need to participate to protect your smile. Dr. Pan’s office offers complimentary 3D model storage so your virtual teeth model will be saved in a digital bank. Whenever or wherever you need a new pair of retainers, we can 3D print them and send them to you. Thanks to the breakthrough of digital technology and 3D printing, we can now offer you the support you need for long term retention to protect your investment in your beautiful new smile!

Proper Care for your Retainer

A removable retainer should be brushed regularly and then rinsed dry. You will be given a hard case for your retainer. When that retainer is not in your mouth it should only be in that case, which will also need to be kept clean. The material is sensitive to excessive heat. Do not set your retainer on the car dashboard, next to the heater or even put them in the dishwasher. Plaque can adhere to that retainer just like your teeth, so brush and rinse daily and you will keep it in good shape.

If your retainer is fixed you will have to exercise a lot more patience in your brushing habits and techniques as well as that of flossing. You need to remove any food particles and debris from around the retaining wire. If you slack off and do not clean around the retainer, it will result in the build-up of plaque and tartar and possibly result in gum disease and cavities.

A Small Price to Pay

Your team at Pan Orthodontics at 5101 Vernon Ave. In Edina, MN., will make terrific teammates. At the end of the day whichever retainer edina you agree with Dr. Pan to wear will be worth the effort. Your smile is an invaluable asset and you have gone through the effort to improve it. Now you need to continue to put some effort in to maintain it. The retainer is such an exceedingly small item to add to your good habits. Twice a year visits to have regular, preventative checkups by Pan Orthodontics are an extremely wise thing to do. Call 952-926-3747 to schedule your evaluation today.

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To treat our patients as our families and to treat others as how we want to be treated. From your first phone call to the moment your new smile is born, everything in our office is set up to ensure an excellent experience with us. We will always listen to you and improve with your suggestions.

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