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Toso Orthodontics | Retention in New Orleans

1502 Calhoun St.
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 899-8383
Retention
 

Retention_020714.jpgThe retention phase of your treatment lasts a lifetime. Remember to remove your retainers before eating, and brush your teeth before placing your retainers back in your mouth. Wearing your retainers is essential to protectibg the investment you have made in your smile. 

hawleyretainer.jpgHawley

The Hawley retainer, one of the most common types, is a removable retainer made of a combination of metal wires and sturdy acrylic, and is designed to keep your teeth in place. This retainer is specially made from impressions of your teeth so that it fits snugly and comfortably on the roof of your mouth, while any wire or acrylic framing keeps your teeth in perfect position. The acrylic can also be personalized with a large number of colors and/or patterns.


Essix

essixretainer.jpgThe Essix retainer is a transparent removable retainer that fits over the entire arch of teeth. Similar to Invisalign® trays, Essix retainers have no wires. They can be used for other treatments as well, including tooth movement and bridges.

 

Lingual Bonded

bondedretainer.jpgBonded lingual retainers are cemented directly to the inside surfaces of your lower teeth.  Patients with bonded lingual retainers must be careful with their bite as the bonding material may break due to incorrect biting and cause teeth to shift quickly. As with removable retainers, it is important to keep them clean. When brushing, make sure to carefully clean the inside of your lower teeth as well as the wire. Also be sure to use floss threaders to floss around the wire of your lingual retainer. 

If your retainer breaks at any time during treatment, please do not adjust it yourself. Call us immediately to schedule an emergency appointment.

 
 
 
New Orleans Orthodontist | Retention. Jamie Toso is a New Orleans Orthodontist.