Maintain your beautiful smile and let us prevent damage from teeth grinding and clenching
At Oracare we have both retainer and splint treatments. Our dental retainers help to retain the beautiful results from orthodontic treatments, while dental splints help to minimise the impacts of teeth clenching and grinding.
What are dental retainers important?
Retainers work to maintain teeth in their new positions and keep them healthy. Once braces or clear alignment treatment is finished, teeth usually want to move back into their old positions – retainers prevent this.
After finishing your orthodontic treatment, the team at Oracare will tell you about the importance of the retainer and why you should continue to wear it.
The permanent option is a lingual retainer, which means it’s situated on the backside of your teeth. This involves a wire being glued to the backside of your lower teeth to ensure they cannot shift positions.
Since the wire is on the backside of your teeth, this means it’s discreet and not visible even while talking or laughing. However, it’s important to make sure you clean it daily when you clean your teeth to ensure good oral hygiene.
The Hawley retainer is the most common type of retainer and is completely removable. Its custom made to your mouth and aims to maintain the new positions of your teeth.
Hawley retainers are made from impressions taken of your mouth and fabricated from acrylic and metal wires.
The Essix retainer is made from plastic and functions like a clear aligner tray, however this is meant to retain your smile results. The benefit is that it’s made from a clear plastic, meaning it’s almost invisible and hard to notice.
This type of retainer is comfortable, easy to use, durable and inexpensive.
You can find out more information on dental retainers by speaking to the experienced and friendly team at Oracare in Cleveland QLD.
What are occlusal splints?
Also known as a nightguard, this treatment involves a custom hard plastic appliance which fits over your upper teeth. The aim of the device is to protect your teeth from the effects of bruxism, clenching and other problems, while also relieving muscle tension.
How can occlusal splints help you?
Dental splints can help you by protecting your teeth. By using the custom-made splint that’s perfectly designed to your bite you can prevent individual tooth wear, jaw pain, and damage to the jaw joints, ligaments and cartilage.
Symptoms that may require a nightguard include:
Jaw and neck pain
Back muscle pain
Facial pain, including earaches and headaches
Sensitivity to hot and cold
How to use an occlusal splint?
You should wear your splint usually only during the night-time; however, it may be recommended that some patients continue to wear their splint during the day as well. You must follow the instructions of the team at Oracare.
Your splint will require initial adjustments to ensure it fits correctly and is working as intended. After the initial adjustments, you will be required to bring your splint along to your regular dental appointments.
Make sure to take the splint out while eating.
During the beginning of your splint treatment, you may feel tightness, increased salivation and that your teeth don’t fit together once you take it out. However, this is normal.
Contact Oracare for information on splints, nightguards and retainers
Get in touch with the friendly team at Oracare for information on maintaining occlusal splints and retainers.
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