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Your child’s braces can now be removed, now that our Skyline Orthodontics team has successfully brought your child’s teeth into their ideal alignment. However, once their braces are gone, a retention phase is required to make sure their teeth retain their ideal alignment over the long haul.

There will still be some residual tension in the periodontal ligaments that anchor their teeth into their mouth. To prevent this tension from shifting their teeth out of place, our Skyline Orthodontics team will fit your child for a retainer in Elkhorn, Nebraska.

There are three different types of retainers that we might recommend.

A Hawley-style retainer is the most common type of retainer that we prescribe. This is basically a thin, tongue-shaped piece of acrylic that is molded to the shape of your child’s mouth. The retainer is removable and it is secured in place by a set of wires that lock to specific teeth.

A clear, plastic retainer might be prescribed if your child achieved their ideal alignment in a short amount of time. This appliance is very similar to the clear, plastic aligners of Invisalign®.

If your child’s braces provided a significant amount of adjustment, your orthodontist, Dr. Laura Rothe, might recommend installing a fixed retainer. This appliance is a durable wire that is cemented behind your teeth.

If your son or daughter is due to have their braces removed and you have questions about what type of retainer is right for them, you can call Skyline Orthodontics at 402.289.3232 to set up a consultation.