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Retainers Specialist

Pendleton Orthodontics

Ryan Pendleton, DDS

Orthodontics located in Leander, TX

Correcting an “overbite” or space in between your upper and lower front teeth doesn’t have to mean walking around with a mouth full of metal. At Pendleton Orthodontics, Ryan Pendleton, DDS, can fit you for a customized cosmetic retainer to help correct your bite and straighten your smile. Call their office in Leander, Texas, or request an appointment online today to learn more about your retainer options.

Retainers Q&A

Why would I need a retainer?

Dental retainers are most often given to patients who have had braces to keep their newly straightened teeth from shifting out of place, but you may also be a great candidate for a retainer if you: 

  • Have a sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea
  • Suffer from Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ or TMJD)
  • Struggle with biting or chewing
  • Breathe through your mouth rather than your nose
  • Grind your teeth
  • Have crowded or impacted teeth
  • Undergo a full smile makeover

Once Dr. Pendleton determines your dental problem, they talk to you about your retainer options.

Are there different types of retainers?

There are several popular types of retainers to choose from, and the most common include:

Removable appliances

Typically made out of plastic or metal, removable appliances are retainers that resemble mouth guards. While upper retainers fit right into the roof of your mouth, lower retainers can be removed if they are not permanently fixed to your teeth. These types of retainers are generally recommended to patients who have just had braces to prevent their teeth and bite from shifting. Many dental patients also use removable appliances to close gaps between their teeth and correct bites.

Space maintainers

If you prematurely lose a baby tooth, Dr. Pendleton may recommend a space maintainer to secure your remaining healthy teeth and ensure that your jaw maintains its natural position, even with a tooth gap.

Occlusal splints

Designed specifically to protect teeth and correct bites, an occlusal splint, also called a night guard or bite splint, helps treat dental problems caused by TMJD and other jaw issues. They are typically made out of durable materials, like plastic or metal, and are created with a custom fit for your mouth.

What is the process of getting and using my retainer?

Once Dr. Pendleton determines that you would benefit from wearing a retainer during a consultation, he examines your teeth and mouth to pinpoint which option is right for you.

Since there are several different types of retainers available, Dr. Pendleton teaches you about them and helps you decide which will work best for maintaining lifetime results. If you’re getting a removable retainer, he takes impressions of your new smile to create one that fits into your mouth perfectly and won’t cause discomfort.

You must wear your removable retainer at all times except for mealtimes and brushing until Dr. Pendleton tells you otherwise. After some time, you can switch to only wearing your retainer at night as you sleep. You’ll also learn how to clean the device if any steps beyond regular brushing and flossing are necessary according to the retainer type.

For more information on retainers, call Pendleton Orthodontics today or request an appointment online.