Once we remove your braces, we will move into the retention stage of your treatment. Maintaining the results you achieved during the treatment phase is key to the success of the entire orthodontic process. We have to work together to stabilize the results of your orthodontic treatment. The tongue, lips and supporting structures must adapt to the new position of your teeth. You will need to wear retainers to protect your investment. Retainers prevent the teeth form moving back to their original position. We recommend that you wear your retainers every night—FOREVER—or as long as you want to keep your teeth straight. It is part of your oral hygiene - you brush your teeth a lifetime, you have to wear your retainers a lifetime. You’ve worked hard getting to where you are now. Please stay with it and wear your retainers so you can keep that beautiful smile and healthy mouth for the rest of your life. Working together, we can get the maximum lifetime benefit from your investment of time, money and effort.

Essix Retainer

essix.jpgThe Essix retainer is a clear removable retainer that fits over the entire arch of teeth. Essix retainers have no metal wires and are virtually invisible. They are very durable, inexpensive and easy to wear.

Fixed Retainers

lingualbondedretainer.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! As with removable retainers, it is important to keep them clean. When brushing, carefully clean the inside of your lower teeth as well as the wire. If your retainer breaks at any time during the retention phase, please do not adjust it yourself. Call us immediately to schedule an emergency appointment.

Hawley Retainers

Hawley_retainer.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.