When we remove your braces, the retention phase of your treatment begins. You're in the driver's seat! You become responsible for maintaining your result. 

We will monitor your retainers for a minimum of 12 months. During this time, we will give you guidelines for the amount of wear that's recommended. There is not a specifically defined length of time. Some patients' teeth have very little change after braces are removed, while other patients' teeth move immediately and continue to shift over time. 

Teeth slightly shift and adapt throughout life. The body is always changing, and the teeth are not exempt from this aging process. The best way to minimize these changes is to continue to wear your retainers "nighttime for a lifetime." Your final orthodontic result depends on your retainers, so follow through with the hard work you've put in so far.

Hawley (Removable) Retainers

HawleyThe Hawley retainer, one of the most common types, is a removable retainer made of a combination of metal wires and sturdy acrylic. It 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 position.

Essix (Clear) Retainers

essixThe 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 easy to wear and virtually invisable. They can be used for other treatments as well, including minor tooth movement and bridges.

Fixed (Bonded) Retainers

lingualBonded lingual retainers are cemented directly to the inside surface of your lower teeth. This is one of the best ways to prevent your lower teeth from shifting as it is bonded to the teeth! 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. If your retainer breaks at any time during treatment, please do not adjust it yourself. Call us immediately to schedule an emergency appointment.