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Can a dentist make retainers? Should you consult a dentist or an orthodontist for retainers? Well, we take a look at retainers as a form of orthodontic treatment and the professionals capable of offering these much needed dental retainers. But first, what are dental retainers and who needs them?
Teeth retainers are special devices which are used to keep teeth straight and in their respective positions after using braces to straighten them. After braces, teeth will tend to grow back into their original position after time and without these retainers, the work done by the braces will be anything but useful.
There are various types of retainers which are used as the last phase of orthodontics in the market today. The most commonly available retainers include;
This removable type of retainers is usually a combination of a wire going across the front of the lower or upper front teeth held in place with a combination of acrylic material and clasps that insert in and around the back teeth to hold the retainer in place. The retainer fits well into the mouth and can be relatively invisible when worn.
These retainers can be removed and reinserted at will making them very handy. They are very comfortable because they essentially assume the shape of your mouth. They are very important in retaining the shape of teeth without much hassle.
The fixed type of retainer is usually a thin wire worn across the back of the lower or upper front teeth, which is bonded in place with an adhesive similar to that applied on the brackets of braces. They are easy to clean and hold teeth properly into position for the desired periods of time. Because they are not removable, they tend to be more effective and will take full effect because they are always glued to the teeth until the day the orthodontist decides to take them off.
Invisalign retainers are clear moulded plastic retainers that fit into your teeth and help keep them in the desired position for as long as possible. They are virtually invisible. They are also very efficient because they pay attention to each individual tooth. They work just like invisalign braces do.
All these braces are very crucial when it comes to retaining the position of teeth in the mouth. This however, is not the only role that these retainers play. They help with proper speech articulation, improves one’s breathing and improve the chewing of food. This is why it is essential to ensure that your kids get the retainers after orthodontic treatment.
Can a dentist offer retainers?
The answer is yes, dentists are capable of offering retainers. A lot of people think that orthodontic treatment is reserved for orthodontists and other specialists but in truth, general dentists are more than capable of offering some forms of orthodontic treatment like retainers.
Retainers are not very complex to mold or fit into position. It is therefore well within the domain of a dentist to offer these dental retainers to the patients who need them. The only special cases when the retainers might be too much of an ask for a dentist, is if the teeth to be aligned are still misaligned and need surgery to space out or align proper.
In such cases then a dentist will refer you to an orthodontist. Orthodontist are equipped with more knowledge on alignment of teeth and jaws and will advise on the best treatment options to solve complex malocclusions. It is therefore upto the patient to discuss with their dentist to ascertain whether they are capable of offering retainers for them or their kids.
Here at Vita Dental Spring, we pride ourselves in offering the best retainers in the market. We have helped thousands of locals in Spring Texas to get the smiles they desire and you should trust us to grant you a million dollar smile as well. With our wide range of cosmetic, orthodontic and restorative dentistry services, we are capable of handling a wide range of complication and retainers are well within our area of expertise.
As always, if we feel that your medical condition requires specialized treatment, we will be more than glad to refer you to the best orthodontist known to us. We otherwise strive hard to always ensure that we offer the best possible treatment to our patients and it is no surprise that the locals of Spring Texas have made us their preferred dental service provider.
For more information on the retainers we offer and the other high quality dental services we offer, give us a call or visit our offices to have a conversation with one of our dentists on the same. Choose Vita Dental Spring for the best dental services in Spring Texas at competitive rates.