Preserving Your Smile After Orthodontics

Despite popular belief, orthodontic treatment doesn't end when braces come off. Often, it takes a few additional years of retention to ensure that the straight smile achieved by braces or Invisalign remains intact. At Wiregrass Orthodontic Specialists, Dr. John P. Howell, DMD, and our team utilize a few different techniques to help orthodontic patients retain their results. To determine which method is right for you, we will perform a thorough evaluation and make recommendations based on your needs and budget.

Hawley Retainers

Hawley_retainerThe Hawley retainer is one of the most popular types of retainers for our Eufaula, Dothan and Ozark braces patients. This type of retainer is made of metal, wires, and acrylic and designed to fit snugly and comfortably in the roof over your mouth. It is made from impressions of your teeth to ensure a secure fit and, when worn, keeps your teeth in perfect position. It is removable so that you can still eat and talk in comfort, and the acrylic can be personalized in a variety of colors and patterns, making it the ideal solution for children.

Essex Retainer

Clear Essex RetainerThe Essex retainer is ideal for our Dothan Invisalign patients. It is clear and therefore virtually invisible, yet is durable and great for retaining the shape of a smile. The retainer is designed to fit over the entire arch of the teeth but can be removed when eating or in social situations.

Fixed Retainers

lingualbondedretainerWe recommend fixed retainers for more complex situations. Fixed retainers are cemented to the inside surface of your lower canines, where they remain indefinitely. This option is the best for preventing lower teeth from shifting. However, they do require some extra care as they are permanently attached to your teeth.

Contact Us Today

If you're interested in orthodontics in Eufaula, Ozark or Dothan, reach out to Dr. Howell and our team at Wiregrass Orthodontics today. Call us at 334-792-1000, 334-347-6777 or 334-792-1000, or email us to request your appointment.

Wiregrass Orthodontic Specialists

  • Dothan Office - 100 O’Brannon Park Dr., Dothan, AL 36303 Phone: 334-792-1000
  • Enterprise Office - 557 Glover Ave. #1, Enterprise, AL 36330 Phone: 334-347-6777
  • Ozark Office - 317 James St., Ozark, AL 36360 Phone: 334-792-1000

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