When we remove your braces, we will begin the retention stage of your treatment. The retention phase lasts for a minimum of 24 months. 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.
The 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.
The 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.
Lingual retainers are bonded directly to the inside surface of the front teeth. This retainer is very effective at keeping space closed and holding teeth tightly into alignment. Often we suggest a bonded retainer in cases of significant pre-treatment crowding and only on patients demonstrating ideal oral hygiene (brushing). A bonded retainer must be kept clean to prevent plaque and tartar build-up near the gumline. If the retainer becomes loose or broken, please call our office immediately to have it repaired. With proper care, this retainer is the best at keeping teeth perfectly aligned long-term.