Retention

Once your braces are removed, the retention phase of your treatment begins. The retention phase lasts for a minimum of 24 months. While it may vary from patient to patient, the normal period for full-time retainer wear lasts for about two years. During this time, we will schedule regular appointments every 3-6 months to give us an opportunity to monitor your progress and address any questions or concerns you have. After this full period of full-time retainer wear, we will often recommend part-time retainer wear indefinitely, so as to ensure your smile is as straight and beautiful as the day your braces came off!

Your final orthodontic result depends on your retainers, so follow through with the hard work you’ve put in so far. Remember to remove your retainer before brushing, and brush your retainer before placing it back in your mouth.

Essix Retainers

essix_smaller.jpgThe Essix retainer is a transparent removable retainer that fits over the entire arch of teeth. Similar to Invisalign® trays, Essix retainers have no wires. They are inexpensive and easier to wear. They can be used for other treatments as well, including tooth movement and bridges.

Hawley Retainers

hawley.jpgThe Hawley retainer, one of the most common types, is a removable retainer made of a combination of metal wires and sturdy acrylic, and is designed to keep your teeth in place. This retainer is specially made from impressions of your teeth so that it fits snugly and comfortably in the roof of your mouth, while any wire or acrylic framing keeps your teeth in perfect position. The acrylic can also be personalized with a large number of colors and/or patterns.

Fixed Retainers

bonded-lingual1.jpgBonded lingual retainers are cemented directly to the inside surface of your lower canines (eye teeth). This is one of the best ways to prevent your lower teeth from shifting as it is permanently attached! Patients with bonded lingual retainers must be careful with their bite as the bonding material may break due to incorrect biting and cause teeth to shift quickly. As with removable retainers, it is important to keep them clean. When brushing, make sure to carefully clean the inside of your lower teeth as well as the wire.

bonded-lingual2.jpgIf your retainer breaks at any time during treatment, please do not adjust it yourself. Call us immediately to schedule an emergency appointment.

Positioners

Clear-Retainer.jpgYour positioner is made especially for you. Created from impressions of your teeth, the plaster teeth in your positioner are created to move your teeth in the ideal position. Being faithful to your positioner will help guarantee an excellent orthodontic result! While you may feel that your teeth are perfect once your braces are removed, we guarantee that being loyal to your positioner will provide you with even better results! The positioner guides your back teeth into a stable and perfect position in relation to your jaw, accomplishing the final tooth movement that will complete your treatment. Much like retainers, positioners will help assure that your teeth maintain their new positions and prevent possible relapse.