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Whether you want to learn about the condition of your teeth and gums or you need immediate treatment for a particular oral problem, our dentists at Seablue Dental of Kent can help.

23914 100th Ave SE, Ste 100, Kent, WA 98031


(253) 336-3000

Whether you want to learn about the condition of your teeth and gums or you need immediate treatment for a particular oral problem, our dentists at Seablue Dental of Kent can help.

23914 100th Ave SE, Ste 100, Kent, WA 98031


(253) 336-3000

Custom Retainers

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When you’re finished with orthodontic treatment, your orthodontist will provide you with a retainer to keep the results in place. That’s why it’s called a “retainer”: it “retains” the movements achieved by your braces or Invisalign treatment!

Every orthodontic treatment consists of three parts:

  1. Diagnostic: The orthodontist takes x-rays and photos, discusses your dental history with you, and checks your teeth and bite. From this information, the orthodontist then establishes a comprehensive diagnosis for your condition and creates a unique treatment plan to achieve the desired results.
  2. Treatment: Using an orthodontic appliance such as braces or clear aligners, the orthodontist carefully guides your teeth into their correct positions, closely monitoring the movement of each tooth. During the treatment phase, supplemental intervention such as a tooth extraction may be necessary.
  3. Retention: When treatment is complete, the orthodontist will provide you with a retainer device to keep the results of treatment intact. Retention is actually the most important part of care since, without proper retention, the gains made during treatment will fail.
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What is a teeth retainer?

A retainer is an appliance used after orthodontic treatment to protect the results of the intervention. There are several different styles of retainers, but each is used to “retain” the treatment benefits and to prevent teeth from shifting out of alignment. A retainer is considered one of the most important parts of your treatment since it keeps your smile in place and your teeth healthy. Whatever retainer treatment your orthodontist recommends, be sure to follow the instructions properly to protect the investment you’ve made in your smile with orthodontic treatment!

Permanent Retainers

A permanent retainer is not really “permanent” – rather, it is bonded (glued) to your teeth on the backside (where your tongue touches them) and connects the front teeth so they won’t move. It can be installed or removed by your orthodontist.

Generally, the permanent retainer is a thin wire bonded to the back of your top and/or bottom teeth (depending on the specifics of your treatment). For this reason, another name for a permanent retainer is lingual wire. The wire is hidden from view on the back of your teeth, so the permanent retainer protects the results of your orthodontic treatment without any interruption to your new smile.

A permanent retainer is not permanent; it can be removed whenever necessary. People frequently wear a permanent retainer for many years without any inconvenience to their smile, health, or comfort.

Pros and Cons of Permanent Retainers

A permanent retainer has many attractive features:

  • No need to remove and put back in
  • Invisible from the outside
  • No impact on speech
  • Can’t get lost
  • Easy to clean
  • Difficult to damage
  • Keeps your teeth in place permanently with little maintenance

Certain cases use a combination type of retainer, with a permanent bonded retainer and a removable retainer used for extra protection.

Some patients prefer a removable retainer: they can be cleaned thoroughly while removed from the mouth, and some patients may prefer this over cleaning their lingual wire inside their mouth.

Some patients find flossing to be more difficult with a lingual wire permanent retainer, and some simply prefer being able to fully remove the appliance from their mouth.

Other potential cons of a permanent retainer include:

  • Potential to break/fall off and require replacement
  • Irritation from metal object in the mouth
  • Some sticky or hard foods may get stuck
  • Takes extra time to clean retainer and floss under wire
  • Potential for plaque build-up

Permanent Retainer Care

Permanent Retainers are simple to care for, but it is important to maintain oral hygiene every day to keep your teeth clean.

Brush your teeth twice a day, for two minutes each time. Floss before bed every night. A floss threader makes it much easier to floss under the lingual wire of your permanent retainer.

Go to the dentist regularly for cleanings and check-ups: dentists and hygienists are skilled at cleaning around braces and permanent retainers, and it won’t impact your ability to get your teeth cleaned.

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Seablue Dental Office FAQ

Everyone’s needs are different, so have a chat to your dentist about how often you need to have your teeth checked by them based on the condition of your mouth, teeth and gums. It’s recommended that children see their dentist at least once a year.

Regular checkups keep you updated with your oral health and help diagnose and timely treatment of any problems developing in your tooth or gums or oral tissues.

You dentist will conduct an exam and x-rays at your dental visits and educate you about your oral health.

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Regular brushing and flossing after every meal should keep the food particles from depositing in crevices of your tooth and hence keeps the harmful bacteria causing the tooth decay in check.

If there is a medical emergency or life threatening condition, call 911 or go to nearest ER.

Sometimes. Contact us for a consultation.

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