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 the following types of retainers:
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. They are inexpensive and easier to wear. They can be used for other treatments as well, including tooth movement and bridges.
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!
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.
The Spring Retainer is an aligner that serves dual functions. First, it is an appliance for active orthodontic treatment that is effective in aligning crowded teeth. Secondly, it serves as a post-treatment retainer, to keep the aligned teeth in place.
Made by constructing a model of your teeth, the spring retainer includes a wire spring that gives the appliance/retainer the flexibility to fit properly. You may experience some soreness while wearing the retainer – this means that the retainer is working. Remove the retainer to eat, drink and clean it.
Once the retention phase has ended, the appliance can be used as a guide to check the teeth and assure that no relapse has occurred. If movement does occur after a patient completes his or her retention phase, a nighttime retainer will be recommended indefinitely.