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Orthodontic Treatment in Lawrence and Topeka, KS

A Hawley retainerYou deserve a smile you're proud of, and at Hamilton, Wilson, & Hendrickson Orthodontics, our mission is to help you achieve one. As a leading team of orthodontists serving patients of all ages in the Lawrence and Topeka, KS area, we're proud to offer a wide range of orthodontic treatments ranging from traditional options like metal braces to convenient alternatives like Invisalign. But no matter which forms of treatment you choose, you'll need to wear a retainer after the active stage of treatment.

Orthodontic Treatment Options

Orthodontic treatment is the best way to straighten teeth and achieve a healthy, beautiful smile. But thanks to advances in orthodontic technology, we're now proud to be able to offer a wide variety of treatment options to our patients. Whether you're looking for a time-tested, reliable, and cost-effective treatment or a more modern, convenient treatment solution, we'll help you choose the ideal treatment for your lifestyle. Our orthodontic treatment methods include:

Retention Treatment

While we're proud to offer such a wide variety of orthodontic options to our patients, there's one aspect of treatment that every option has in common: the retention phase. After you finish with your braces or Invisalign treatment, you'll enter the retention phase of orthodontic treatment, an important step that's vital to protecting your smile for a lifetime.

Retention is necessary because while your teeth will be in new places after orthodontic treatment, the bones, ligaments, and tissues that support them won't have adapted to these new positions. This means that without a retainer, your teeth will simply migrate back to their old positions, erasing your new smile and all your hard work! Retention allows us to hold the teeth in place long enough for the periodontal ligament and jawbone to adapt to your new tooth alignment, cementing your new smile for a lifetime.

Why Wear a Retainer?

Retention comes with a variety of benefits and advantages no matter which orthodontic treatment you have for the active phase of treatment. Here are just a few of the benefits of wearing your retainer as instructed:

  • Cement Your Smile: Used correctly, your retainer will safeguard your smile and prevent teeth from drifting out of alignment.
  • Healthier Teeth: Because straighter teeth are easier to keep clean, diligently wearing your retainer will help prevent bacteria, plaque, and dental decay for a lifetime.
  • Better Breathing: Retainers can improve breathing, which can also help stop nighttime breathing issues like snoring.
  • Better Speech: Retainers, in addition to a healthier smile, can help correct speech impediments.

Contact Your Topeka & Lawrence, KS Orthodontists

Retention is a vital part of any orthodontic treatment process, and if you have more questions about retainers or the retention phase, we encourage you to reach out to us at our contact page. Or, if you've been considering straightening your own teeth and are ready to take the first step, simply request your consultation online. We can't wait to hear from you, and we look forward to helping you achieve a gorgeous new smile!