Once we remove your braces or finish Invisalign, 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. Your retention phase will last for a lifetime! Your final orthodontic result depends on your retainers, so follow through with the hard work you've put in so far.  Everyone's teeth are continually moving and the only way to make sure they stay straight is by wearing your retainer properly.  Wear your retainer for as long as you want your teeth to stay straight!

Hawley Retainers

Hawley_retainerThe 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

lingualbondedretainerBonded lingual retainers are cemented directly to the inside surface of your lower teeth. The main benefit from this type of retainer is that it is permanently attached so there is little concern about compliance. However, the patient's ability to keep it clean can be a problem; plaque and tartar can accumulate around the wire. When brushing, carefully clean the inside of your lower teeth as well as the wire. Flossing takes more diligence since you have to thread the floss under the wire, similar to when the patient was wearing braces. 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.

Essix Retainer

essixThe 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. It is a very good retainer when worn properly and kept clean.  It has a tendency to collect plaque so keeping it clean is critical. Also, it is not very adjustable so the patient must be very compliant. If teeth shift because of non-compliance, a new retainer might be needed, which would be an additional cost.