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Retainers/Orthodontic Appliances – Chicago, IL

Achieve Straight Teeth for Life

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Braces aren’t the only solution to help teeth get into and remain in their ideal alignment. In fact, without retainers or other orthodontic appliances, teeth would regress and require treatment again a few years later. Dr. Dale and Dr. Amy can use these conservative treatments to help your child have confidence in their smile for years to come. To learn more about how retainers and other orthodontic appliances can help you or your child get the straight results you want, keep reading below. Then, when you’re ready to get started, contact our team to schedule an appointment!

Why Choose Chicago Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics for Retainers/Orthodontic Appliances?

Removeable Retainers


If you or your child has already undergone orthodontic treatment with braces or other oral appliances, you want the results to stay for the long term. That’s where a removeable retainer comes in. During your consultation, Dr. Dale and Dr. Amy will give you detailed instructions for wearing the retainers to ensure that straight teeth don’t move back.

Fixed Retainers

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For some patients, a removeable retainer isn’t a good option. In these cases, Dr. Dale and Dr. Amy can use a fixed Memotain® retainer to help teeth stay in place. This fixed retainer is bonded to the back surfaces of the front teeth, so it is much more discreet. Although this solution can make flossing more challenging, it is a reliable way to make sure that teeth remain perfectly aligned.

Palatal Expander

palatal expander

For some patients, the upper jaw needs to be expanded to accommodate all teeth without overcrowding. A rapid palatal expander (RPE) is an oral appliance that attaches to the molars. Using a key or spring, you can steadily apply pressure on both sides of the upper jaw, widening the palate to create more space for teeth as your child grows.

Thumb Crib

child sucking thumb

Although sucking on their thumb can help your child self-soothe, it could negatively impact their oral development. A thumb crib can be used to deter this habit by blocking the thumb from fully entering the mouth and the tongue from thrusting the front teeth forward. Although this appliance attaches to back molars for stability, the bulk of the thumb crib appears toward the front of the mouth. As a result, this oral appliance can help children overcome deeply ingrained habits and have healthier oral development in the future.

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