When we remove your braces, we will begin the retention stage of your treatment. Your final orthodontic result depends on your retainers, so follow through with the hard work you've put in so far. If you have a removable retainer, please remember to take it out before brushing, and brush the retainer before placing it back in your mouth.
Bonded Lingual Retainers
Bonded lingual retainers are cemented directly to the inside surface of your teeth. This is one of the best ways to prevent your teeth from shifting as it is permanently attached! 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 and flossing, make sure to carefully clean the inside of your teeth as well as the wire.
The Essix retainer is a transparent removable retainer that fits over the entire arch of teeth. Essix retainers are made of a clear thermoplastic material and have no wires. Plastic retainers will distort over time, and may have to be replaced more often.
The 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.