If your child recently had his or her braces removed, or has completed Invisalign treatment, wearing a retainer is the next step in the process.
A retainer is made of plastic, springs, and wire, and is customized to fit over the roof of your child’s mouth. This device helps to retain the movement initiated by braces or Invisalign (hence the name) so teeth won’t shift back to their previous position.
We offer the following types of retainers:
- Fixed retainers
- Essix clear retainers and Hawley retainers, which are both removable
- Spring aligned retainer, which is a subset of Hawley retainers
What to Expect When Your Child Receives a Retainer
Dr. Vaysman first evaluates your child’s mouth to decide whether a retainer is appropriate. If so, she determines which type is best. She then forwards your child’s information to our dental laboratory so technicians can begin creating your child’s customized retainer.
When the laboratory finishes the retainer, you will be asked to bring your child to our office for a final fitting. Dr. Vaysman will ensure the retainer functions as expected. We ask you return to our office periodically for us to ensure the retainer is performing as expected. After she clears your child to stop wearing the retainer during the day, he or she need to only wear it at night to keep the newly aligned teeth in place.
What are the benefits of wearing retainers for kids?
Retainers are an essential part of orthodontic treatment that offer numerous proven benefits. These include:
- Improved speaking and chewing ability
- Properly aligned teeth give your child a boost in self-confidence
- Ensuring your child’s new bite alignment remains in place
- Improving the appearance of your child’s smile and facial symmetry
- Contributing to better overall oral health
- Ensuring your investment in orthodontic treatment yields returns well into adulthood for your child