The retention phase is your key to a beautiful smile that will last a lifetime!
This is the most critical part of treatment; Retainers stabilize and preserve the orthodontic results achieved. The retention stage of treatment begins when the braces are removed or when Invisalign treatment is complete. The final orthodontic result depends on consistent retainer wear, so follow through with the hard work you've put in so far. Remember to remove your retainer before brushing, and brush your retainer before placing it back in your mouth. Always store your retainers in the case provided. Paper napkins are retainer coffins: if you wrap your retainer in a napkin, you will inevitably throw it away accidentally!
Types of Retainers
Hawley or Wrap Retainers
The Hawley or Circumferential wrap 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.
The Essix retainer is a transparent removable retainer that fits over the entire arch of teeth. Similar to Invisalign® trays, Essix retainers have no wires.
Bonded lingual retainers are cemented directly to the inside surface of your lower front teeth. This is one of the best ways to prevent your lower teeth from shifting as it is permanently attached! Patients with bonded lingual retainers must be careful with biting into hard foods as the bonding material may break due to incorrect biting and cause teeth to shift quickly. Flossing requires a little more time and patience. As with removable retainers, it is important to keep the area 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 appointment to have the retainer repaired as soon as possible.