You will find plenty of reasons to enlist the help of an orthodontic professional in caring for your child’s smile. So when the goal is a straighter smile, your child needs pediatric dental consultations for braces or retainers in Los Angeles, California, and the Atlantic Children & Family Dentistry team has you covered.

Who Needs a Retainer?

Both adults and teens may qualify for a retainer because teeth shift and move over time. Sometimes a patient requires a retainer after removing braces to maintain the orthodontic treatment. Other times, retainers may correct your bite.

Patients may need retainers for other treatments, including stabilization, filling in gaps and preventing new gaps from developing. Whatever the case, the orthodontic team knows how to treat your smile with proper care.

Different Types of Retainers

Just like other orthodontic treatments, we offer several kinds of retainers. It is best to meet with our dentists at Atlantic Children & Family Dentistry to choose the most suitable type of retainer for your particular needs.

Clear Plastic Removable Retainers
A clear removable retainer makes one of the best options for adults and teens. These plastic retainers are virtually invisible. Patients will enjoy several pros of clear retainers, including their removability and near invisibility. Unfortunately, they do not allow the upper and lower teeth to meet naturally, and they wear out faster than other retainers.

Permanent Retainers
Another type of retainer includes the permanent retainer. Permanent retainers are not removable because they sit behind the teeth.

The most significant advantage of a permanent retainer lies in its strength in maintaining the teeth’s current alignment. On the other hand, the disadvantages include flossing difficulties and lack of removability.

Removable Retainers
Finally, the last type of retainer is a removable retainer made from bendable wire and plastic. This type makes a great option for teens who may need adjustments. These retainers adjust easily rather than constantly requiring replacement retainers.

Another big perk is choosing different colors, which draws in teens. However, a significant con is that the removable retainer is quite visible.

How To Care for Your Retainer

Retainers form an essential component of your orthodontic treatment. Unfortunately, retainers tend to experience a build-up of plaque, tartar and bacteria. For this reason, you must be sure to brush and floss your teeth twice a day.

For removable retainers, wash your retainers with lukewarm water every day. Then use cotton swabs or a toothbrush to clean hard-to-reach areas. Finally, consult our dentists for instructions regarding permanent retainers and ensure consistent oral hygiene. By caring for your retainers, you promote a healthier smile.

It is time to get the beautiful smile you or your loved one deserve. Do not hesitate to call our reliable orthodontic team at 323-263-9600 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Jung Yoon Chang or Dr. Quy-Phung Phan for orthodontic treatment and retainers.

Contact Details

Contact Details

East Los Angeles

952 South Atlantic Blvd., Suite A
Los Angeles, CA 90022


Los Angeles Location Hours

Monday10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Thursday10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Friday10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Santa Ana

902 E. 1st St.
Santa Ana, CA 92701


Santa Ana Location Hours

Monday9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Thursday9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Los Angeles Location

Santa Ana Location