Retainers are an important part of your orthodontic treatment process, even as an adult. While you may think that retainers are only for children or teenagers, the opposite they can be even more important later in life. When your treatment with metal braces, InBrace, or Invisalign is finished, your teeth will want to return to their initial positions.

Without wearing a retainer, your teeth will eventually revert back to where they were prior to your orthodontic treatment. Retainers are a great way to protect the investment you’ve made on your treatment, and keep your smile looking beautiful.

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How Do Retainers For Adults Work?

The treatment process for retainers is very simple. If you’d like to get a new retainer, Dr. Funk will create one that is custom made, just for you. This retainer will be molded to fit the new positions of your teeth, preventing them from drifting back to their original positions.

When your retainer has been made, adding it to your lifestyle is easy. The retainer should fit snugly around your teeth, but remain easy to put in and take out. For most patients, we recommend wearing your retainer nightly to preserve your smile.

Here at Emily Funk Orthodontics we offer several different types of retainers for adults. Read below to discover which option might be best for you.

Styles of Retainers for Adults

It’s important to find the style of retainer that’s best for you. At Emily Funk Orthodontics, we offer three different types of retainers for adults, that each have their own distinct differences.

  • Fixed Retainers

Fixed, or permanent retainers, consist of a metal wire placed along the back of the teeth. This option makes it easy to eat, talk, and do other daily tasks that involve your mouth. This discreet solution helps to maintain the position of your front teeth.

  • Essix Retainers

Essix retainers offer another esthetic approach to orthodontic retention.
These are clear retainers for adults that fit over your top and bottom teeth, making them practically unnoticeable. Essix retainers are not permanent, so they have to be removed when eating. Most patients only wear these retainers at night to maintain their results.

  • Hawley Retainers

Hawley retainers are the most traditional retainer option. These types of retainers have long been trusted to maintain orthodontic treatment results. Hawley retainers are the only retainers that can be adjusted with time in case you have any crowns or dental work completed.

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retainers for adults

Contact Us Today!

Retainers for adults are an important part of your orthodontic treatment process. Here at Emily Funk Orthodontics, we believe that retainer use is so important that we offer a Retainer For Life program, which allows you to receive a new custom retainer every year.

Keep your smile intact with retainers for adults. Contact us today to see if this treatment is right for you!