Retainers

Mesa, AZ Pediatric Dentist

Most comprehensive orthodontic treatment will involve the use of braces or aligners. In either case, your treatment involves minor movement of your teeth to correct misalignment. This ensures both a straight smile and an even bite.

However, braces are not the only stage needed for a permanent orthodontic solution. Once your child’s braces have been taken off, the retention phase begins. It is vitally important to follow through with retention to maintain your child’s newly straight smile after treatment. Your child’s final orthodontic results depend on their retainer, so be sure to keep all appointments with Dr. Andersen even after your child’s braces have been removed.

There are a few distinct types of retainers that may be recommended for your child:

  • Clear Retainers – A removable, transparent plastic tray that fits over your teeth.
  • Traditional Retainers – A removable appliance made of acrylic and a wire that sits on the front side of your teeth.
  • Bonded Retainer – A thin, fixed wire that is temporarily bonded to the lingual (tongue) side of the anterior teeth.

Dr. Andersen will provide you with the retainer option that is best suited for your child orthodontic treatment plan. Your child’s retainer should be worn as often as instructed. Your child’s teeth have been in active treatment for months or even years. Wearing their retainer is crucial for ensuring that your child’s teeth do not shift back out of their corrected positions.

When it is not in your child’s mouth, keep your retainer in its case. Bacteria can build up on your retainer, making it less hygienic and affecting the fit. Regular cleaning to remove these bacteria is a vital part of proper retainer care.

To clean the retainer, brush it gently with a wet toothbrush. Disinfect your retainer by soaking it in a cleansing solution. Thoroughly rinse the appliance with cold or room temperature water before placing it back in your child’s mouth. Hot water can cause the retainer to lose its proper shape, so should be avoided.

For more information about proper care and use of your child’s retainer, contact our office.

Visit Our Mesa Pediatric Dental Office

Pediatric Dentist in Mesa, AZ

4425 S. Mountain Rd. Suite 109
Mesa, AZ 85212

(480) 676-1517

We are located in the Bella Via Shops on the corner of S. Mountain Rd. and E. Warner Rd.

East Mesa
4425 South Mountain Rd., Suite 109
Mesa, AZ 85212
(480) 676-1517