Orthodontic Retention – Allen, TX
Keep Your Beautiful New Smile Perfectly Intact
After months or, in some cases, years of straightening your teeth, the last thing you want is for them to drift back to their previous positions. This phenomenon is referred to as “orthodontic relapse,” and it happens to upwards of 50% of patients within 10 years of finishing their treatment. The good news is that our team at Allen Orthodontics can provide you with a customized retainer to help prevent that from happening to you. To learn more about the types of retainers we offer, and which one is right for you, get in touch with our team to schedule a consultation or read on!
Standard Hawley or Wrap
When patients think of retainers, they typically think of Hawley retainers. To create yours, we will take detailed impressions of your teeth so they fit perfectly. Since the acrylic used to craft these retainers does not stretch, they are a great long-term solution. Of course, as with any retainer, they do require some care. To keep them in pristine condition, it’s important that you store them properly, clean them regularly, and bring them in for adjustments as needed.
Although an anterior biteplate looks similar to Hawley retainers, it’s actually crafted from clear thermoformed plastic. As you may have guessed from the name, it’s ideal for patients who have a significant overbite or lower incisors that are “overly-erupted.” One of the perks of this type of retainer is that they hold your teeth firmly in place, even if you chronically clench or grind your teeth. Although an anterior biteplate is a great solution for many patients, it’s not recommended for individuals who don’t have a deep bite. Otherwise, your posterior teeth can erupt unevenly.
Posterior Occlusal Coverage
In short, a posterior occlusal coverage retainer is recommended for patients who received treatments for an anterior open bite or vertical growth pattern. This retainer looks similar to a splint and is worn on your top and bottom teeth. Although it also requires adjustments, it offers additional stability and can help patients regulate any vertical changes if there is any potential for underlying growth.
Plastic Full Coverage
Missing a tooth? Getting ready to start the restorative phase of your treatment? Good news: we can protect your teeth with a plastic full coverage retainer. Furthermore, these retainers are crafted from a digital scan of your teeth and are completely clear, which makes them significantly more discreet. Of course, plastic does have the potential to stretch over time, so you will need to get replacements as directed over the years.