An Essex retainer is a type of retainer that is designed to hold the teeth in place after treatment, such as a dental implant or dental bridge. While an Essex retainer is used after other dental treatments, it can also be used on its own to hold teeth in place and prevent movement. This is a common treatment for patients who have had an orthodontic procedure in the past and now need their teeth to stay in position.
It is made to fit snugly over the teeth and can be adjusted as needed to ensure maximum comfort for the patient. The size and shape of Essex retainers will vary from patient to patient. In some cases, the Essex retainer will be permanently bonded to the teeth in order to hold everything in place, but this varies based on individual circumstances.
What is involved in getting an Essex retainer?
Getting an Essex retainer will require a few visits to the dentist’s office. After the initial appointment to have the mold taken, the Essex retainer will be made at the dentist’s office. This is usually done over the course of a few weeks in order to ensure a custom fit. Once the Essex retainer is ready, the patient will return to have their fitting and ensure that it is an appropriate and comfortable fit.
Once the patient is satisfied with the fit of their Essex retainer, they can begin wearing it as directed throughout the day. They are advised to wear it at night as well as during the day to ensure that they are keeping their teeth straight. Typically, patients will only need to wear their Essex retainer for a few months following their treatment to keep the teeth properly aligned.
Benefits of Essex retainers
While dental implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth, they are not always the best solution for everyone. Patients who are experiencing tooth loss because of periodontal disease often benefit from removable dental appliances such as Essex retainers. Retainers are designed to fit over the existing natural teeth and maintain the alignment of the jaw to prevent teeth from shifting out of place or causing problems with your bite alignment. This can keep your smile looking beautiful for longer!
Another benefit of using an Essex retainer is that, in some cases, it can prevent the need for future dental treatments such as dental crowns, bridgework, and fillings. By preventing tooth movement and filling the gaps between teeth, an Essex retainer can help you hang on to your teeth longer and even prevent the early need for more invasive treatment.
To find out more about the dental services offered at our dental practice, call (801)- 269-0303 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 155 E 13800 S Ste F4, Draper, UT, Draper 84020.