After you are done with your orthodontic treatment, you can proceed to a retainer to keep your results. Retainers are used to correct the alignment of your teeth. They are custom fitted to your mouth and your individual dental needs. Retainers are made from clear plastic and metal wires or from rubber. Some retainers are removable, while others are fixed because they are bonded behind the teeth. Generally, retainers are prescribed before or after the use of braces. They can also be used after surgery to help hold your teeth in position. To address the demands of our patients, The Dental Office Encino offers many high-quality retainer options, including a removable or fixed retainer. Board-certified dentists Drs. Alan and Yonatan Howard can help you in the process and talk about all of your options during your appointment at their practice in Encino, CA.
Types of Retainers
The Dental Office Encino provides our patients three kinds of retainers based on each individual patient's requirements: a Hawley, clear, or fixed retainer. The Hawley retainer (the most frequently used kind of retainer) is composed of shaped plastic, wire, and clasps that may be taken out. A transparent retainer is inconspicuously worn the same way as a clear teeth aligner and can be taken out out the mouth quite easily. A fixed retainer can't be removed from your mouth since it is secured behind your teeth on both or just one arch.
"Both Dr. Howards are great. All of the staff go out of their way to take care of you. They have thenewest technomogy. Brittany, one of the hygienists, is the best. She is thorough and gentle. Very pleasant environment. I feel well cared for when I visit."- J.S. / Google / Jan 25, 2022
"Wonderful staff, caring, and kind. Both doctors are top notch. Simply excellent!"- D.P. / Google / Dec 22, 2021
"I’ve been good to Drs. Alan and Yoni Howard for years. I have no hesitation in recommending my family and friends to go to them because of their skill and use of the most up-to-date dental equipment. The dental hygienists and entire staff are also all first rate."- D.W. / Yelp / Dec 09, 2021
"Been to a lot of Dentist but this place is state of the art and they care about you and are very good highly recommended The Dental Office"- M.A. / Yelp / Nov 27, 2021
"First time patient here! The moment I walked through the front doors, I felt like I was in an alternate reality. Literally 5 different employees greeted me one right after the other. I have never felt more welcome anywhere in my life. "What IS this place?" I thought to myself. I sat in the waiting area next to the fish tank and enjoyed watching the fish swim around while I waited. A few moments later, I was brought back into the back of the office and to the chair where my cleaning would take place. Rachel took amazing care of me! She noted that they had Netflix and Hulu if I wanted to watch anything during my cleaning and mentioned that the chair had a massage feature if I wanted to use it. Wait, was I at the dentist or the Ritz Carlton? Whaaa? The office was so clean and organized I was overall just so impressed. Each dental patient is in their own area, but the areas are not walled off. So it’s private enough, but you might hear someone else talking to the dentist about a hole in their mouth (true story). I cannot sing Rachel’s praises enough. She explained everything SO thoroughly and really took her time during my cleaning. I thought it was really cool that they include an oral cancer screening during the exam, I had never had that done before! After my cleaning, I was able to meet Dr. Howard and Yoni (also Dr. Howard), the father and son that run the business. They are SO nice and attentive. They were fantastic with breaking down everything on my xrays and explaining what was going on in terms I could understand. I even went home with a little goodie bag that included a cute branded chapstick. After the appointment, one of the receptionists walked me through my bill/estimates for future appointments in this fancy private conference room. I’m telling you, I almost felt like I was at a spa. I’m coming back for sure!"- M.M. / Yelp / Sep 29, 2021
Do you have slight imperfections in your smile? A retainer may be recommended by Dr. Alan or Yonatan Howard to straighten crooked teeth. Retainers can also be used to correct your bite if it is misaligned. If you recently had braces removed, using a retainer can prevent your teeth from shifting. Although your teeth are set in their correct position, a retainer will help to keep them there while the remainder of your mouth adapts. A retainer is great for younger patients who are still waiting for the rest of their permanent teeth to come in and while their jawbone is still forming. Retainers can be used on patients as young as eight or nine years of age.
What to Expect
As soon as your orthodontics are taken off your teeth, you may start your retainer process. We'll take an impression of your teeth and ship it to a dental lab. As soon as your retainer is returned roughly 1 – 2 weeks later, we'll schedule an office visit. At this appointment, Dr. Howard will ensure your retainer fits comfortably before you leave. To care for your retainer, brush it every time you brush your teeth. Disinfect your retainer at least once a week by soaking it in a denture cleanser and warm water. After soaking, rinse the retainer thoroughly with water.
The amount of time you need to use your retainer will differ. It is usually suggested to use your retainer until all of your permanent teeth come in and when your jaw is done developing (normally around 20 – 25 years old). With good maintenance and routine inspections, your retainer can be kept for many years. In time when standard wear and tear happens, your retainer might have to be repaired or replaced. Meanwhile, you need to practice daily cleaning and keep your retainer secure when it's not being used. In case your retainer has been lost or damaged, contact our office to get a new one.
Your retainer could be included in your dental therapy. During your initial consultation, Dr. Howard will tell you whether there's an additional expense for your retainer. They can discuss your retainer options and price estimates. If you are using dental insurance, we'll contact your insurer to find out whether any of your expenses are covered, then figure out your out-of-pocket expenses. The Dental Office Encino accepts several payments, such as medical financing.
Fixed and Removable Retainers
Help keep your teeth in their correct place following your orthodontic therapy using a removable or fixed retainer from The Dental Office Encino. Continuous use of a retainer may help prevent another orthodontic treatment later. We invite you to contact The Dental Office of Encino today to set up a consultation with our board-certified dentists and to see if retainers are right for you.