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Today's topic Is Intended to answer questions regarding orthodontic retainers.
Retainers are used to assist In holding the teeth In their new positions. Growth,
skeletal discrepancies and the fact that the mouth is dynamic and always changing
necessitates that retainers be utilized. This serves as insurance that the teeth are
more likely to stay where the orthodontist has positioned thorn.
There are different types of retainers that are used for different situations. One very
commonly used, Is the traditional "Howler retainer, which Is an acrylic appliance
with stainless steel wires for support. These appliances allow the patient to pick out
any of a rainbow assortment of colors including glitter. Some orthodontists allow
their patients to place a design, picture or decal for individualism and fun.
If you have any
please do not
hesitate to contact
Dr. Hersh at the
the-art facility in
2300 Haggerty Rd.,
Mother retainer is a clear plastic covering to the teeth very similar to bleaching trays.
This is not as noticeable but requires care, as they can tend to become brittle and
break. A third retainer type is called a positioner. This looks like a mouth-guard for
sports. It requires the most effort by the patient but also does a good Job in finalizing
the positions of the teeth. Lasfiy, for this discussion, is the fixed wire retainer that
Is directly bonded to the backside of the lower front teeth. This retainer requires the
least compliance but oral hygiene may be compromised.
Retainers should not be considered the end of orthodontics but a continuing chapter.
We want you to maintain the best possible smile for as long a time as possible.
Our office is located on the border of West Bloomfield/Commerce Townshi 2300
Haggerty Road, Suite 1160, 248-926-4100
r. David and Susan Harold of
West Bloomfield are pleased to
announce the engagement of
their daughter Stacy Robyn to Dr. Victor
Feldbaum, son of Michael and Natella
Feldbaum of San Jose, Calif.
Stacy will graduate in May from Wayne
State University Law School in Detroit.
Victor is an obstetric and gynecology resi-
dent at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga.
An August wedding at the Ritz-Carlton in
Dearborn is planned.
on and Betsy Spalter and Marc
and Marcia Manson, all of
Farmington Hills, are thrilled to
announce the engagement of their children
Alison Beth Spalter and Jeremy Matthew
Ali received her bachelor of science
in merchandising management from
Michigan State University in East Lansing
and a degree in elementary education from
Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti.
She teaches third and fourth grades in
Jeremy received his bachelor of arts in
political theory and constitutional democracy from James Madison College at
Michigan State University and his juris doctor from Michigan State University
College of Law. He is an associate at the Chicago law firm of Wiedner and
A July wedding is planned.
6881 Orchard Lake Rd.
on the Boardwalk
April 17 * 2008
r. Douglas and Judy Colman of
Coral Springs, Fla., formerly
of Oak Park, are pleased to
announce the engagement of their daughter
Sara to Adam Herbert, son of Dr. Morley and
Cheryl Herbert of Dallas, Texas.
Proud grandparents are Albert and
Dolores Goodwin of Oak Park, Anne Colman
of Lake Worth, Fla., and Lily Switzman of
Sara earned her master's in D.I.S. and
finance from the University of Florida and is
a director of institutional equity sales.
Adam graduated from the University of
Texas in Austin with a degree in marketing
and sociology and is a regional sales manager for Blackboard Inc.
The couple reside in Manhattan. A December wedding is planned in Parkland,