Retainers in Wakefield and Westerly, RI

Achieve a Perfect Smile

Once your braces are removed, Dr. DeQuattro will start the retainer process to prevent your teeth from shifting again. Retainers ensure you maintain your straight smile and they’re removable for your convenience. Read on to discover more about our retainer options and how they can keep your smile picture-perfect for a lifetime.

Your Retainer Options

At DeQuattro Orthodontics, we offer different types of retainers depending on your specific needs. During your appointment, Dr. DeQuattro will talk to you about which retainer best suits you and explain the benefits of wearing them during your orthodontic treatment or once your braces have been removed. 

These are the three types of retainers we offer at our Wakefield and Westerly dental offices:

Essix Retainers 

Essix retainers are nearly invisible and less expensive than other retainer types. They’re made from clear material for a discreet appearance. These are ideal options for patients who are self-conscious about wearing an orthodontic appliance.

Hawley Retainers 

Hawley retainers are the traditional model that’s very durable for long-lasting results and can be adjusted to fit your mouth perfectly. They’re a custom-fitted plastic surface with a metal wire that’s bent around your impacted teeth.

Bonded Retainers 

Bonded retainers are non-removable as they’re cemented to the back of your teeth. This is a good option for those that don’t want to worry about taking the retainers in and out and are great for both severe crowding and large spacing. 

We have created this useful guide of pros and cons to help you decide and talk to Dr. DeQuattro about the best retainer option for you. Read our guide here — Types of Retainers.

Taking Care of Your Retainers

To keep your retainers functional for as long as possible, Dr. DeQuattro has the following recommendations:

  • Wear your retainer as directed. This is the best way to preserve your healthy smile and prevent teeth from shifting back into their original positions.
  • Keep your retainer clean. We’ll show you how to clean both removable and non-removable retainers.  Clean your retainer after meals and before bed. If you can’t complete a full cleaning, rinse your mouth with water in the meantime.
  • Handle your retainer with care. Keep your retainer in its case when you’re not wearing it. This will protect your retainers from being accidentally thrown away, stepped on, or eaten by your pets.
  • Visit your dentist. It’s highly recommended that you visit your dentist twice a year for regular cleanings. They’ll be able to determine whether your retainer needs to be adjusted.

We’ve also created a short guide for your convenience – Retainer Guide.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do teeth shift?
Can retainers be worn too long?
My teeth are out of place despite orthodontic treatment as a teen
My retainer broke, what should I do?
Why do teeth shift?

Changes in tooth positions occur naturally throughout our lives. Don’t be alarmed if small changes occur, as your teeth aren’t set in concrete but in bone. The bone around your teeth is continually changing as cells are absorbed and replenished. This explains why your teeth may shift after your braces are removed.

Can retainers be worn too long?

No, as long as your orthodontist makes any appropriate adjustments. Many people wear removable retainers nightly for the rest of their lives.

My teeth are out of place despite orthodontic treatment as a teen

If you notice an unwanted change in your smile or bite, contact our Wakefield office at (401) 783-9890 or our Westerly office at (401) 596-2264 to schedule an appointment with your orthodontist. An orthodontic “tune-up” may be necessary to get your smile looking its best..

My retainer broke, what should I do?

If your retainer becomes damaged, don’t try to fix it yourself. Instead, contact our Wakefield office at (401) 783-9890 or our Westerly office at (401) 596-2264 to schedule an appointment. Dr. DeQuattro will fit you for a new retainer and get you back on track towards a perfect smile.

Get Your Perfect Smile

If you have any questions about retainers, Dr. DeQuattro is happy to help. Simply call our Wakefield office at (401) 783-9890 or our Westerly office at (401) 596-2264 to schedule an appointment. Alternatively, you can fill out our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.

Orthodontists receive an additional 2 to 3 years of specialized education beyond dental school to learn the proper way to align teeth and correct bites. Only those who successfully complete this formal education may call themselves orthodontists, and only orthodontists can be members of the American Association of Orthodontists.

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