Treatment & Services
When we remove your braces, we will begin the retention stage of your treatment. During the retention phase of treatment, we will follow up with you every six months for a year to make sure that your retainers are in good repair, and to maintain the great result achieved during your active treatment phase. Your final orthodontic result depends on your retainers, so follow through with the hard work you’ve put in so far.
If a bond comes loose on your fixed retainers, or your clear retainer is broken or lost, call us immediately for an appointment.
Bonded lingual retainers are cemented directly to the inside surface of your upper and lower front teeth. This is one of the best ways to prevent your teeth from shifting as they are permanently attached! The great thing about fixed, bonded lingual retainers is, people can’t see them, you can’t loose them, you can’t forget to wear them, and the teeth can’t move and go crooked. As with removable retainers, it is important to keep them clean. When brushing, make sure to carefully clean the inside surface of your upper and lower front teeth, as well as the wire. In addition, a floss threader is useful in cleaning between the lower front teeth. If cared for properly, fixed retainers may be worn indefinitely with no adverse effects to the health of the teeth or gums.
The clear retainer is a transparent removable retainer that fits over the entire arch of teeth. Similar to Invisalign® trays, clear retainers have no wires, are inexpensive and easy to wear. They also guard against potential damage due to bruxing or grinding of teeth at night.
Wrap-Around or Hawley Retainers
In some cases, patients may prefer, or we may recommend, a plastic retainer that does have a wire. This is particularly indicated when a pontic, or denture tooth, is affixed to the retainer to replace a missing tooth.