Retainers help your teeth maintain their new alignment for years afterward. The residents of Smyrna, Vinings, and the surrounding communities in Atlanta, Georgia can now come to Smile Envy Dental Group for all their dental needs.
What Are Retainers?
After braces, many patients use a removable retainer to maintain the shape and alignment of the teeth. Dr. Lofters will take a mold of your mouth to create a retainer specific to your new bite shape. The retainer is constructed of a metal wire and a plastic tray that is formed to rest on the contours of your mouth.
You should wear your retainer as directed by your dentist.
Benefits of a Retainer
Retainers are used to retain the shape and position of the teeth after braces treatment. Without using a retainer, you risk your teeth moving back into unhealthy positions and needing braces again.
You can wear your retainer while participating in sports; however, a mouth guard is recommended. Initially, you may find difficulty speaking or singing with your retainer in place. Practice reading out loud or singing and you will quickly get used to the retainer.
Caring for Your Retainer
Patients will quickly adapt to the feeling of wearing a retainer. Your retainer should be washed every day with warm water and toothpaste. Take your retainer out when eating to prevent food from getting stuck. When your retainer is not in your mouth, it should always be in a case.
Retainers are fragile, so call us immediately if you break your retainer.
How Much Do Retainers Cost?
The cost of a retainer will vary based on your needs. Replacing a retainer can be expensive, so it is important that patients keep track of the retainer. A retainer may be covered by your dental insurance. We will work with you to determine your benefits coverage and what you may owe for your treatment. Smile Envy Dental Group offers to finance through CareCredit® as well as other payment options.
Is a Retainer Right for Me?
Retainers are recommended for all patients after completing braces treatment. Patients wear the retainer for several years to maintain the alignment and position of the teeth.
Why Choose Smile Envy Dental Group?
Dr. David Lofters has been helping patients smile bigger and brighter for over a decade. He has a doctorate in Dental Surgery and is certified in orthodontics. With a focus on education, our team diligently makes sure that all of your questions are answered. We stay up-to-date on the latest techniques and tools available to give our patients the best care. You will feel right at home in our professional, modern office.
What to Expect During Your Permanent Retainer Consultation
During your consultation, Dr. Lofters will discuss your goals and needs. He will answer any questions you have about your retainer. He may take impressions to mold your retainer. Dr. Lofters will determine if a permanent retainer or a removable retainer is the best option for you.
A retainer can help maintain the teeth for years after orthodontic treatment. We encourage residents in Atlanta and the surrounding areas of Georgia to contact us to schedule an appointment with Dr. David Lofters at Smile Envy Dental Group to discuss your options.