Saturday, April 28, 2018

Types of Retainers

Patients who desire to undergo orthodontic treatment have one goal in mind – a straighter smile. Whether you’ve decided to achieve this goal with traditional braces or Invisalign, Dr. Gregory Ross, DDS has several retainer options available to patients. It’s important to wear your retainer to not only protect your investment but to prevent teeth from shifting back to their prior state. The two most common choices that patients choose are the following.

  • Removable Retainer – a removable retainer is the most common type, but depending on the individual, it may not always be the best choice. A removable retainer is crafted from a clear plastic that is formed by heat and a model of your teeth.  Removable retainers can be virtually invisible, and easy to wear.

  • Fixed Retainer – also known as a bonded retainer, a fixed retainer consists of a wire being bonded to the back of the six bottom teeth. Bonded retainers tend to protect fewer teeth than removable retainers, but are ideal for the patient that may forget to wear his or her retainer at night.

If you have questions or concerns regarding orthodontic treatment or aftercare, please give us a call. To learn about services we provide at the practice, visit for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Gregory Ross, DDS call our Forest Lake, MN location at 651-464-6988 or our Hudson, WI location at 715-808-8379.

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