A treatment of orthodontics to achieve a perfect bite and a smile like, for example, the one of Elsa Pataky is undoubtedly an important process in the lives of all those who decide to improve their health through this type of treatment.
And, once, finished, what?
Scientific evidence suggests that retention after treatment is necessary because, in simple terms, we would say that teeth 'have memory' and return to their original position if they are left free after orthodontic treatment is removed.
But what retention? Many orthodontists suggest that finishing a treatment with correct occlusion is enough to prevent teeth from significantly overcrowding, but sometimes the patient wants to avoid even the slightest movement.
In these cases, it is best to opt for a fixed retention, which can be complemented by a removable one (which will maintain the 'expansion' of the dentition achieved by orthodontics), or used individually.
This consists of attaching a stainless steel wire - coaxial braided - to the six anterior teeth (from fang to fang), so that they are fixed to each other and the possibility of unexpected movement is minimised, thus ensuring that the teeth remain aligned for many years.
How is it placed? The procedure is simple: with the brackets in place, the surface of the teeth is etched with acid, an adhesive is added and polymerised with a dental light. Subsequently, with a resin (composite) a wire adapted to the surface of the tooth is glued, so that in a few minutes it is solved, and in just a few days the patient will be perfectly adapted, and can forget about retention forever.
In any case, remember to consult the orthodontic experts in the Murcia Regionto find out whether, depending on your case, you need a fixed retainer, a removable essix, a Hawley plate or another system that allows your teeth to maintain their position in accordance with the result obtained with the orthodontic appliance with brackets.