Retainer services offered in Arcadia CA

After you complete orthodontic treatment, it’s important to transition to a retainer to prevent your teeth from moving out of position. Dr. Kaitlin McClure offers custom-crafted retainers to people of all ages. To make an appointment for yourself or your child, call the office or request your visit online today.

What are retainers?

Retainers are custom orthodontic appliances. Following orthodontic treatment, your teeth can still change position. A retainer prevents that process from occurring, keeping your smile balanced and symmetrical. Dr. McClure offers several different types of retainers: plastic, a combination of metal and plastic, and fixed retainers, to name a few. Dr. McClure will know which type is best for you and will make a recommendation.

What are the types of retainers?

Retainers fall into two categories – fixed retainers and removable retainers.

Fixed retainers

A fixed retainer has a custom-fitted wire that’s bonded to the back of your upper or lower teeth. It’s important to brush and floss your teeth daily to prevent the buildup of plaque, food particles, and tartar.

Removable retainers

Removable retainers are oral appliances that can be taken out at any time. Some removable retainers are made of wire and colored plastic, and others are clear. Dr. McClure will offer options, and she will also know what’s best for your unique needs.

What does getting a retainer involve?

After your orthodontic treatment at Dr. McClure’s office is complete, she fabricates a retainer via digital scan to prevent your teeth from moving out of position.

If you lose or damage your retainer, contact Dr. McClure. She can assess your teeth and bite and make a replacement.

While wearing your retainer, it’s important to visit Kaitlin McClure Orthodontics for regular checkups. Dr. McClure usually recommends follow-up appointments for up to 12 months after you complete orthodontic treatment.

What if my child or I forget to wear the retainer?

If you or your child do not wear your retainer as Dr. McClure prescribes, your teeth may revert to their original position, resulting in the need for orthodontic retreatment. If you have any questions about how to wear or care for your retainer, let Dr. McClure know.

To learn more about retainers, schedule a consultation at Kaitlin McClure Orthodontics. Call the office or request an appointment online today.