La Mesa & El Cajon Area Orthodontics
At Stormberg Orthodontics, we pride ourselves on giving our patients beautiful, healthy smiles that last a lifetime. With our many types of braces we strive to ensure that the treatment phase for our patients is as comfortable and efficient as possible; however, that dedication doesn’t end when your braces are removed. From the moment Dr. Stormberg removes your braces, you begin the very important phase of retention, and we want to do everything we can to protect the new smile you’ve worked so hard for.
A Variety of Options
Crucial to your orthodontic success, the retention phase begins immediately after your braces are removed and lasts throughout your life. Your retainer is something that stays with you for many years to come, so it is important that you choose the one that best suits your wants and needs. Stormberg Orthodontics offers a variety of retainer options and Dr. Stormberg will work with you to decide the best fit for your smile and lifestyle. Your retainer is something that we highly recommend wearing no less than every other night for life.
The Invisalign System includes transparent, removable aligners that fit over the entire arch of teeth. These retainers have no wires and are clear, so you can discreetly maintain your straight smile.
Night Guards/Occlusal Splints
An occlusal stabilization splint, also known as a “night guard”, is a hard acrylic retainer placed over the bottom row of your teeth. Designed to help prevent or slow the damage done to teeth, night guards reduce the wear on tooth enamel caused by nighttime grinding and clenching.
Night guards can help suffers of disorders of the temporomandiular joint (TMJ). Night guards align the top and bottom teeth to protect and reduce the movements that irritate this joint. They are also an excellent choice for patients who have had extensive or expensive dental restorations, smile redesigns performed or orthodontic treatment, as night guards can help protect these restorations from damage as the patient sleeps.
The Spring Retainer is an aligner that serves dual functions. First, it is an appliance for active orthodontic treatment that is effective in aligning slightly crowded teeth. It also serves as a post-treatment retainer, to keep the aligned teeth in place.
Made by constructing a model of your teeth, the spring retainer includes a wire spring that gives the appliance/retainer the flexibility to fit properly. Though you may experience some soreness while wearing this retainer, which means that it is working. This retainer should be removed to eat and drink.
The most common type of retainer, the Hawley retainer is made of a combination of metal wires and sturdy acrylic, and is designed to keep your teeth in place. Specifically made from impressions of your teeth, these retainers fit snugly and comfortably in the roof of your mouth and keep your teeth in perfect position. You can also use our Retainer Color Selector to personalize your retainer with over 20 different color options.
Fixed Wire Retainers
This type of retainer is always working because it is attached or bonded behind your front teeth. Since you can't take it out, you can't forget it or lose it! You do have to take a little extra care of it by avoiding hard, sticky foods near the front teeth that are attached to the retainer. Flossing under the wire daily is of great importance. Be aware, should a tooth/teeth come unattached or the bond is broken, to report any problems to our office ASAP to avoid tooth movment. Continue regular visits to your dentist, if they observe poor hygiene, the fixed wire retainer will be recommended to be removed and replaced with a removeable retainer, at additional costs.
Contact Stormberg Orthodontics
Dr. Stormberg and his team are here to ensure that your smile continues to stay as healthy and beautiful as it is the day you get your braces removed. They will work with you to choose the retention option that is best for your needs, and make sure that you are properly instructed in the best way to care for your post-treatment smile. If you have any questions about your retention options, or would like to schedule an appointment in our office, please contact us today. We are located in La Mesa, CA and serve patients from the surrounding areas of El Cajon, Santee and more. We forward to helping you achieve and maintain the smile you’ve always wanted!