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Finishing Orthodontic Treatment

Ensuring the lasting effects of orthodontic treatment demands ongoing commitment, particularly in the diligent use of retainers to preserve the investment made in achieving a captivating smile.

It is usually necessary to wear a retainer for several years after completing your orthodontic treatment. Failure to wear your retainers as instructed may result in your teeth “relapsing” into their previous, incorrect positions. However, changes to your tooth alignment can occur after that time due to natural causes, such as your continued growth and maturation or habitual behaviors such as tongue thrusting and mouth breathing. As a result, minor adjustments and settling of the teeth over time may occur.

To support you in maintaining your newly aligned smile, our orthodontists and team provide supervision during the critical initial 18 months you wear your retainer. These visits are included in your original treatment plan and fees. By collaborating with you, we aim to maximize the long-term benefits derived from your investment of time, finances and personal commitment.

There are several options for retainers with our orthodontists will discuss with you prior to providing your appliance. These include:

Hawley Retainer
A conventional choice crafted from metal wires and durable acrylic, the Hawley retainer stabilizes teeth and addresses minor spacing concerns. Custom-made for a secure and comfortable fit, it offers personalization options with a variety of colors and patterns. Hawley retainers are made using impressions of your teeth, allowing the appliance to fit perfectly in the roof of your mouth while they wire and acrylic framing keep your teeth aligned.

Clear (Essix) Retainer
Renowned for its discreet appearance, the Essix retainer offers effectiveness without compromising aesthetics. Crafted from precise impressions, it provides a snug fit while maintaining a low profile. Essix retainers are made from smooth, clear plastic and are crafted using impressions of your teeth to ensure a comfortable and effective fit.

Bonded Lingual Retainer
Ideal for discreet retention, this retainer is bonded to the inner surfaces of the lower front teeth. While effective in preventing tooth shifting, caution is advised during consumption of hard or crunchy foods to avoid damaging the bonding material. Proper maintenance, including regular brushing and flossing, is crucial for ensuring its longevity.

For more information about retainers in Fairlawn and Medina, Ohio, and to schedule your consultation with Dr. Zachary Mellion, Dr. Alex Mellion or Dr. Joseph Mellion, please call Mellion Orthodontics today and speak with a member of our team.

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