Teeth are in constant motion throughout our lives. They move slightly as we grow, develop, age, and even chew food. However, orthodontic treatment moves the teeth in a specific way to achieve the desired result, so it is essential to keep teeth in place once your braces are removed or your clear aligner treatment is concluded. Wearing a retainer ensures that your teeth remain corrected until they have fully settled into their new position.

At Noyce Orthodontics, we recommend this custom-made orthodontic appliance be worn after braces or clear aligner treatment. It is removable and fits snugly over the teeth, helping to maintain the new position of your teeth and prevent shifting. 

Types of Retainers 

Hawley Retainers

Hawley retainers are made of metal wires and sturdy plastic. They are the most common type of retainer and are very effective. These retainers have the advantage of being very durable, easy to clean, and comfortable to wear. 

Essix Retainers

Essix retainers are made from clear plastic and resemble a clear aligner. They are less noticeable than other retainers and can be removed easily for cleaning and eating. They are also more comfortable than Hawley retainers. 

Fixed Retainers

A fixed retainer is a thin wire bonded to the back of the teeth. It is not removable, so you must wear it all the time. While this type of retainer is very effective, it can take some getting used to given its location. 

The Benefits of Wearing Retainers 

Maintaining Tooth Alignment

Retainers in St. Joseph and Maryville, MO, help preserve the alignment of your teeth after completing orthodontic treatment. After braces or aligners have shifted your teeth into their desired positions, retainers prevent them from gradually returning to their original locations. 

Preventing Relapse

Teeth naturally tend to shift over time, even after orthodontic treatment. Retainers safeguard your smile against relapse, ensuring the progress made during treatment is preserved. Consistent wear of retainers is particularly crucial in the months immediately following the removal of braces or the completion of clear aligner treatment by our orthodontist in St. Joseph and Maryville, MO. 

Supporting Jawbone Stability

The bone surrounding your teeth can take time to adapt to their new positions. Retainers contribute to the stabilization of the jawbone, promoting long-term stability and preventing potential issues associated with shifting teeth. 

Preserving Bite Correction

For individuals undergoing orthodontic treatment to correct bite issues, retainers help maintain the corrected bite relationship between the upper and lower teeth. This is essential for preventing the return of any functional problems associated with an improper bite. 

Preventing Teeth Crowding

Retainers are effective in preventing teeth from becoming crowded or overlapping again. This is especially relevant for individuals who had crowding issues before orthodontic treatment and want to ensure that their teeth remain appropriately spaced. 

Ensure the lasting success of your orthodontic treatment by getting suitable retainers. Visit Noyce Orthodontics at 3904 Beck Rd., Ste 190, St. Joseph, MO 64506, or call (816) 364-1911 to schedule your appointment and take the next step toward maintaining that beautifully aligned smile for years. You can also visit us at 1410 S Main Street, Maryville, MO 64468.


3904 Beck Rd., Ste 190, St. Joseph, MO 64506

Phone: (816) 364-1911


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1410 S Main Street, Maryville, MO 64468

Phone: (816) 364-1911


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