Once we remove your braces, you will move into the retention stage of your treatment. Maintaining the results you achieved during the treatment phase is key to the success of the entire orthodontic process. In the year after deband, we still want to see you for appointments (with your retainers). This phase is known as active retention. Your final orthodontic result depends on your retainers, so follow through with the hard work you've put in so far.

Remember what our team told you at your deband appointment… Retainers are FOREVER!

Hawley Retainers

Hawley_retainer.jpgThe 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.

Fixed Retainers

lingualbondedretainer.jpgBonded lingual retainers are cemented directly to the inside surface of your lower canines (eye teeth). This is another way to prevent your lower teeth from shifting as it is permanently attached! As with removable retainers, it is important to keep them clean. When brushing, carefully clean the inside of your lower teeth as well as the wire. If your retainer breaks at any time during the retention phase, please do not adjust it yourself. Call us immediately to schedule an emergency appointment.

Clear Retainers

essix.jpgClear retainers are clear removable retainers that fit over the entire arch of teeth. They have no metal wires and are virtually invisible.