Retainers and Mouthguards
While you’re working toward your amazing new smile, you’ll want to keep your teeth and braces safe. You’ll also want to ensure your smile stays perfect after your treatment is over. That’s what mouthguards and retainers are for!
Mouthguards are always a good idea when you are involved in a contact sport. A properly fitting mouthguard is the primary protection against head injuries and concussions because it provides cushion between the top and bottom teeth if you are hit in the mouth.
Mouthguards are even more important when you have braces. Not only are your teeth more susceptible to damage because they are in the process of moving, your cheeks and gums can suffer painful cuts or tears from the brackets on your braces.
The braces themselves can also be damaged, requiring you to come in for an extra appointment and possibly delaying treatment.
At Tretter Orthodontics in Cincinnati, we offer custom mouthguards specifically designed to fit your teeth with or without braces, which can make them more comfortable and more protective.
Our mouthguards are available in a variety of colors or can be clear, and they meet the standards of the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA).
We also encourage our Invisalign patients to swap out their aligners for mouthguards while active to protect their shifting teeth.
Once your braces come off or you finish wearing your last Invisalign aligners, you enter the retention phase of your treatment. Even though your teeth have been moved to their proper places, they will not stay there without the help of a retainer.
You will need to consistently wear your retainers according to your orthodontist's instructions to help your teeth settle into their new locations.
There are three main types of retainers:
Fixed retainers: Our new and improved fixed retainers are attached to the back of your teeth and are not removable, making them easy to keep track of and eliminating the need to remember to wear them.
Clear retainers: Resembling the plastic aligners used with Invisalign, these retainers are less noticeable than Hawley retainers, but are slightly less durable. These retainers are removable, which makes it easy to brush and floss.
Hawley retainers: These are what you picture when you hear the word “retainer.” They are comprised of a wire that goes around the front of the teeth and a plastic piece that is created to fit snugly against the roof of your mouth. They can also be removed when brushing and flossing.