When we remove your braces, we will begin the retention stage of your treatment. The retention phase lasts for a minimum of 24 months. Your final orthodontic result depends on your retainers, 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.
We offer these types of retainers:
Bonded lingual retainers are cemented directly to the inside surface of your lower canines (eye 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 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.
The Vivera retainer is a transparent removable retainer that fits over the entire arch of teeth. Created by Align Technology, the makers of Invisalign® clear aligners, Vivera retainers are made of a clear thermoplastic material and have no wires. Plastic retainers will distort over time, but you will receive a set of four Vivera retainers so you can use a brand-new, durable retainer every few months!
Wrap Around Retainers
A wrap around retainer is one that is made of metal wires and acrylic – and fits securely around your teeth to hold them in the proper place. These retainers are more durable for long-term use and can be used for your upper or lower teeth. The wrap around retainer is also removable. If you remove your retainer, it is important to keep it in your case so you won't lose it or throw it away by accident.
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. The acrylic can also be personalized with a large number of colors and/or patterns.