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Retainers Specialist

Hansen Dental Care

Robert Hansen, Jr., DDS

General, Cosmetic and Family Dentist located in Pasadena, CA

Correcting an overbite or space in between your teeth doesn’t have to mean walking around with a mouth full of metal. At Hansen Dental Care in Pasadena, California, Robert Hansen, DDS, can fit you for a customized cosmetic retainer to help correct your bite and straighten your smile. Call or book an appointment online today to learn more about Dr. Hansen’s retainer options.

Retainers Q & A

Why would I need a retainer?

Dental retainers are most often given to patients who have had braces, to keep their newly straight teeth from shifting out of place, but you may also be a great candidate for a retainer if you: 

  • Have a sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea
  • Suffer from improper jaw alignment caused by Temporomandibular joint pain (TMJ)
  • Struggle with biting or chewing
  • Breathe through your mouth rather than your nose
  • Are a teeth grinder
  • Have crowded or impacted teeth
  • Undergo a full smile makeover


Once Dr. Hansen determines your dental problem, he will talk to you about your retainer options.

Are there different types of retainers?

There are several popular types of retainers to choose from, and the most common include:

Removable appliances

Typically made out of plastic or metal, removable appliances are retainers that resemble mouth guards. While upper retainers fit right into the roof of your mouth, lower retainers can be removed if they are not permanently fixed to your teeth. These types of retainers are generally recommended to patients who have just had braces, to prevent their teeth and bite from shifting. Many dental patients also use removable appliances to close gaps between their teeth and correct bites.

Space maintainers

If you prematurely lose a tooth, Dr. Hansen may recommend a space maintainer to secure your remaining healthy teeth and ensure that your jaw maintains its natural position, even with a tooth gap.

Occlusal splints

Designed specifically to protect teeth and correct bites, an occlusal splint, also called a bite splint, helps treat dental problems caused by TMJ and other jaw issues. They are typically made out of durable materials, like plastic or metal, and are created with a custom fit for your mouth.

What can I expect from the retainer process?

Once Dr. Hansen determines that you would benefit from wearing a retainer during a consultation meeting, he will examine your entire oral cavity to pinpoint exactly which option is right for you.

To help solidify his recommendation, Dr. Hansen will most likely take x-rays of your teeth, roots, and bone before creating a customized treatment plan.

Depending on Dr. Hansen’s advice, you will be asked to wear your retainer at certain points during the day — all day, in many cases — and only remove it when instructed.

If you follow the treatment plan correctly, your misaligned bite or teeth should straighten out and readjust with help from your custom-fit retainer.

For more information on retainers, call Hansen Dental Care today or book an appointment online.