Care Following Orthodontics – Retainers
Retainers with Dr. Winterton!
After months or even years of wearing braces, don’t let all the effort go to waste! Retainers are the final phase of maintaining a beautiful set of straightened teeth. These can be either fixed or removable devices and are custom-made to fit the specific shape and position of your teeth. This will hold them in place long after the removal of supportive braces or trays. Though exceptions certainly happen, most commonly retainers, whether fixed type or removable, should be worn FOR LIFE!! This means, if you don’t one, your teeth are more than likely moving.
Lost Your Retainer? We Can Help With That
If you’re curious about teeth straightening with us or need to replace a lost or broken retainer, give us a call at 509-581-0081 to schedule your appointment.
How Important is Orthodontic Dentistry?
Beyond The Cosmetic Benefits of Straighter Teeth
When your teeth are properly aligned, the look and feel of your smile improves and you may light up a room with newfound confidence. But did you know that a straighter smile has benefits beyond a better cosmetic appearance? After teeth straightening or orthodontic treatment, our patients experience a number of health benefits:
- Easier eating and speaking abilities
- Pressure is evenly distributed among teeth
- Improved cleanseability means healthier gums
- Prevents abnormal tooth wear or crowding
- Decreases risks of tooth injury or decay
- Most importantly — increased self confidence and ability to confidently smile
Our philosophy for Dental Care
Treatment Options For Your Needs
When you make an appointment with us, Dr. Winterton will conduct a comprehensive dental exam to observe your current dental health condition. Each plan is custom fit for the individual. This means that we don’t recommend braces or orthodontic treatment across the board. For some patients a dental crown or dental veneer may be recommended as an alternative cosmetic option to fill small gaps between teeth or correct a misshapen tooth. If one or more teeth are missing a dental implant or custom bridge and crown can be used to fill the space and support your remaining teeth for a smile that looks natural and feels healthy. No matter your current dental solution, our Kennewick dentist and staff are ready to help you feel your best in a smile that feels great and looks radiant.
Caring For Your Retainer
After your custom retainer is made and ready to wear, follow these preventive tips to ensure their best success:
- Wear your retainer as recommended (except to eat, drink or play sports)
- Keep your retainer away from curious pets such as your dog or cat
- Avoid leaving your retainer in hot places such as your car or by the stove
- Place your retainer in a protective case when not in use
- Brush and rinse your retainer at least twice a day
Six Month Smiles at Southridge Dental
Straighter Teeth in Just Six Months
When you want to fix small imperfections in your smile without having to rely on bulky metal braces, our Six Month Smile plan can help! Using specially designed clear aligners we can gradually shift your teeth into place to be beautiful and straight by your goal date. To fix minor to major teeth alignment issues that may be affecting your dental health, give us a call at 509-581-0081 to schedule your appointment.
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Teeth Straightening With Dr. Winterton
Achieving your dream smile is a cinch when you come in for our Six Months Smiles program or a personalized teeth straightening treatment plan with Dr. Winterton. After we help you reach your healthy, cosmetically beautiful smile you’re going to want to protect it with a strong retainer. At Southridge Dental in Kennewick we’re happy to be the dental practice your family comes to for straighter teeth, better dental health and more confident smiles year round.