Ward Orthodontics proudly serves patients in Twin Falls, Idaho and the surrounding areas of Kimberly, Jerome, Gooding, and Burley. Our doctors and staff want to make sure you’re providing with the highest quality of patient care and a beautiful smile that will last you a lifetime. After completing your orthodontic treatment, whether it’s getting your braces off or completing your last series of Invisalign, retention begins. Dr. Ward will provide you with a retainer, an appliance designed to hold the position of your teeth in place to protect all your orthodontic investment.

Keep Your Smile Beautiful & Straight With Retainers

Once your braces are removed, your teeth are prone to shifting back into their original position, ruining all your hard work. Teeth need time to affix themselves into the jawbone and soft tissue that holds them in place, which typically takes around 12 months. The development of wisdom teeth and the natural aging process can also cause teeth to move, making post-treatment retention even more important.

Retainers are a set of combinatory metal and plastic inserts that are positioned in the upper and lower halves of the mouth to hold your teeth in place. The first two months after treatment require full-time retainer wear, and then we recommend you wear it while you sleep as often as possible.

Types of Retainers

Types of Retainers

The three types of retainers we offer include:

Hawley Retainers - These are the most common types of retainers, that consist of wires and clasps that grip to selected areas of your teeth. They are held together by a plastic body that covers the roof of your mouth.

Invisible Retainers - This type of retainer is made by making a cast of your teeth, and looks similar to the Invisalign clear aligner. Because they’re unnoticeable, they’re great to wear in public.

Permanent Retainers - Also known as “fixed” or “bonded” retainers, this appliance is glued onto the backsides of the top and bottom teeth. They only go around the front of the teeth, so the back teeth can still move over time. Permanent retainers can only be removed by an orthodontic professional.

Caring For Your Retainers

The most important part of caring for your retainers is making sure you keep it in a safe place whenever you’re not wearing it. Replacing the appliance is expensive, and can easily be avoided. Other things to keep in mind while caring for your retainer include:

  • Always keep your retainers in their case when you’re not wearing them.
  • Do not wear your retainers while eating.
  • Never leave your retainers on hot surfaces.
  • Brush your retainer daily, and soak in a cup of warm water mixed with Efferdent or Polident for a deeper clean.
  • If you break or lose your retainers, contact our Twin Falls office immediately.

Visit Dr. Ward In Twin Falls, ID

If you have any questions about orthodontic retention or your different retainer options, contact Ward Orthodontics today at (208) 734-4314. We’re happy to answer all of your questions and look forward to seeing you in our Twin Falls office soon!