The aao recommends that children have their first orthodontic visit by age 7

Pediatric Dentists Recommend Two Cleanings/Exams A Year

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Questions & Answers


What is a retainer?

A retainer is a type of orthodontic appliance provided after you have completed your treatment. Retainers help keep your teeth in their proper places, preventing them from shifting back to previous positions so that you can maintain your beautiful, balanced smile.

Why do I need a retainer?

After you complete your treatment, your teeth will be correctly aligned but not necessarily permanently fixed in place. It takes time for your teeth to stabilize and maintain their positions. Retainers keep your teeth correctly aligned so that your smile stays straight and beautiful.

What kinds of retainers are available?

There are several types of retainers our orthodontist may recommend:

  • Hawley retainers — this type of retainer consists of wires and clasps embedded in a plastic body that covers the roof of the mouth or lies alongside the tongue-side of the teeth.
  • Clear (Essix) retainers — these retainers are made from clear plastic and fit over your teeth. They are similar to clear aligners in appearance.
  • Fixed retainers — these retainers are permanently bonded to the back surfaces of your teeth to prevent them from shifting out of place.



After your child completes their treatment and their smile is properly aligned, our orthodontist will provide them with a retainer. This simple orthodontic appliance helps keep their teeth in the correct positions, preventing them from shifting out of place. Call Pediatric Dentistry and Braces to make an appointment and learn more about the benefits of retainers.