Retainers in Kansas City

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Hold it right there

When you have orthodontic work done, you want it to last, so you can enjoy your smile longer! At Starting Point Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, to improve results we recommend patients get retainers in Kansas City.


Retainers are a tool to maintain tooth position. They are sometimes capable of doing minor tooth movement but, most of the time, are used to retain the position of teeth following orthodontic treatment.

Are retainers right for you?

How it Works

There are several types of retainers. We use three primarily in our office.

Clear Retainers

When exploring retainers in Kansas City, clear retainers are excellent. They are nearly invisible and used right after orthodontic treatment to hold tooth position, but you can also use them as whitening trays. They are molded to fit teeth perfectly and are trimmed to follow the contour of the gum line, so they are incredibly comfortable to wear.

Hawley Retainers

Hawley retainers are also used to maintain tooth position but consist of a hidden acrylic piece perfectly molded to the roof of the mouth, with a visible wire that wraps around the teeth to hold them in place. Since these are completely custom-made for a patient’s mouth, they are very comfortable to wear and can be adjusted from time to time if needed. They also come in a wide variety of colors, and we can even add logos of their favorite sports teams or cartoon characters.

Fixed Retainers

Fixed retainers are available to patients who have completed orthodontic treatment in our office. They are a small braided wire attached to the back of the teeth with a bonding agent. These are what we call a “permanent” or “fixed” retainer because they are not easily removed. Our office or another dental provider will have to remove the retainer once it is placed.

Benefits of Retainers

Maintain adjustments

Wear a retainer to prevent losing the progress made in adjusting your smile.

Improve Hygiene

Clean and care for your teeth more easily when straightened and aligned correctly.

Less Muscle Stress

Prevent jaw clenching, which leads to teeth grinding and tension.

Frequently Asked Questions

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