A Quick Look at Retainers

After your orthodontist helps you achieve a beautiful smile with braces, he or she will show you how to maintain it using a retainer. There are different types of retainers, each of which requires its own kind of special care. Talk to your orthodontist in Annapolis about which retainer is right for you, and watch this video to learn about the different types and how to care for them.

Essex retainers look like clear aligners, similar to Invisalign. They must be soaked, not brushed, to avoid scratches to the surfaces. Hawley retainers contain metal and plastic. Some can be soaked, but others must be brushed. Your orthodontist will show you the proper care for your retainer and provide instructions for how often you need to wear it and for how long.

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