Welcome to Gower Family Dentistry, your trusted dental practice nestled in the heart of charming Beaufort. We are delighted to provide comprehensive dental care with a touch of Southern charm. As part of our commitment to maintaining your beautiful smile, we offer retainers – an essential component of orthodontic treatment. Let us help you preserve your straight, healthy teeth and ensure that your smile stands the test of time.

Benefits of Retainers

Retainers play a crucial role in maintaining the results of orthodontic treatment. Here are some key benefits of using retainers:

  • Teeth Stability: After orthodontic treatment, your teeth need time to settle into their new positions. Retainers help prevent relapse and maintain the alignment achieved during treatment, ensuring that your teeth stay beautifully straight.
  • Bite Alignment: Retainers also help in preserving a proper bite alignment. They ensure that your upper and lower teeth fit together harmoniously, minimizing the risk of bite problems or discomfort.
  • Facial Aesthetics: Retainers help maintain the overall facial aesthetics that were enhanced by your orthodontic treatment. By keeping your teeth aligned, retainers contribute to a balanced and attractive smile, boosting your self-confidence.

What To Expect

During your orthodontic treatment at Gower Family Dentistry, our skilled dental team will guide you through the process of wearing retainers. Once your braces or aligners are removed, we will take impressions or digital scans of your teeth to create custom-fitted retainers. These retainers will be designed specifically for your mouth, ensuring a comfortable fit and optimal effectiveness.

You will be instructed on how often and for how long to wear your retainers. Initially, you may need to wear them for most of the day, gradually transitioning to nighttime wear only. Consistency in wearing your retainers as instructed is crucial to maintaining the results achieved through orthodontic treatment.

Retainer Care
and Maintenance

Proper care and maintenance of your retainers are essential to keep them clean, odor-free, and effective. Here are some tips to help you care for your retainers:

  • Cleanliness: Clean your retainers daily using a mild soap or non-alcoholic mouthwash and a soft toothbrush. Avoid using hot water, as it can distort the shape of the retainers. Regular cleaning helps prevent plaque buildup and keeps your retainers fresh.
  • Storage: When not in use, store your retainers in their protective case to protect them from damage and loss. Keep them away from pets and extreme temperatures to maintain their shape and integrity.
  • Avoidance: Remove your retainers when eating, drinking (except for water), and participating in contact sports. Retainers can be damaged by excessive force or when exposed to heat.

Let Us Help You Keep Your Smile Straight and Healthy

At Gower Family Dentistry, we are dedicated to providing personalized dental care that ensures your smile remains radiant for years to come. Retainers are an essential part of maintaining the results of your orthodontic treatment and our team is here to support you every step of the way.