Retainers

Retainers are crucial for maintaining the alignment of your teeth after orthodontic treatment. At Willow Dental, we provide a range of retainer options to ensure that your newly straightened teeth stay in place.

Affordable Dental Retainers in New Berlin, WI

Retainers play a vital role in the final phase of orthodontic treatment, ensuring that your beautifully aligned teeth remain in their new positions. After the active phase of moving your teeth into the correct alignment, a retainer helps stabilize the dental changes by holding the teeth in place while the surrounding gums and bones adjust. At Willow Dental, we understand that each patient’s needs are unique, and we offer customized retainer solutions designed to protect your investment in your smile. Whether you’ve just completed orthodontic treatment or need to replace an old retainer, our expert team is here to provide you with the best options to fit your lifestyle and dental needs.

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  • What types of retainers are available?

    There are primarily three types of retainers available:

    • Hawley Retainers: Made of metal wires and acrylic, these retainers are durable and adjustable, fitting along the roof of the mouth.
    • Clear Retainers: These are made from a clear plastic material that fits snugly over the teeth, offering an aesthetic and less noticeable option.
    • Fixed Retainers: Also known as bonded retainers, these are permanently attached to the backside of the front teeth, providing continuous support without the need for removal.
  • What do I need to consider when using a retainer?

    When using a retainer, consider the following:

    • Hygiene: Clean your retainer regularly to prevent bacteria buildup. Removable retainers should be brushed daily and soaked in a cleaning solution periodically.
    • Storage: When not in use, keep your retainer in its case to prevent damage or loss.
    • Wear Schedule: Follow the wear schedule prescribed by your dentist. For many, this might mean wearing it full-time immediately after treatment and eventually transitioning to nighttime-only wear.
  • How do you know when it's time to replace your retainer?

    It’s time to replace your retainer if it becomes cracked, warped, or loose, which can compromise its effectiveness. Additionally, if you notice discomfort or your teeth begin to shift, these are signs that your retainer may no longer be performing as needed.

  • Can I use my last set of aligners as my retainer?

    While it’s possible to use your last set of clear aligners as a temporary retainer, they are not designed for long-term use. Aligners may wear out more quickly than retainers designed specifically for prolonged use. It’s best to consult with your dentist for a permanent retainer solution to ensure your teeth remain in alignment.

     

More Questions?

If you have more questions about retainers or would like to schedule an appointment, contact our office, and we will be happy to discuss further.

Willow Dental

3333 S Sunny Slope Rd Suite 100
New Berlin, WI 53151
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Hours

Monday: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tuesday: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Wednesday: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Thursday: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Phone

262-505-1000

Email Address

willowdental@willow-dental.com