When we remove your braces, you will begin the retention stage of your treatment. The retention phase lasts for a minimum of 24 months.
Your retainers should be worn at all times, with the exception of eating and brushing your teeth. Your retainers should be removed when participating in sports that require a mouth guard or while swimming. After 12 months of full-time wear, we may revise your retention treatment, allowing the retainer to be worn only at night.
Your final orthodontic result depends on your retainer wear, so follow through with the hard work and time you’ve put in so far.
We offer three different options for retaining teeth: Essix or Shell, Hawleys, and Bonded or Permanent retainers.
Hawley retainers are removable retainers that have acrylic on the back and a wire in front of your teeth. You must be very careful when handling your retainers, as they are fragile and costly to replace. You are given a special case for your retainer; please make sure you keep them in this case when not wearing it! To clean these retainers, soak them in denture cleaner using warm water.
Essix retainers, also known as shell or Invisalign type retainers, are removable retainers made from clear thermoplastic material. This type of retainer has several benefits. They are clear, smooth, comfortable and easy to wear. They prevent patients from grinding their teeth and stabilize the teeth from all sides. But what patients enjoy most is the fact there is no wire!
The name can be little misleading because permanent retainers are not necessarily permanent. They are fixed or bonded to the back of your teeth by resin and cannot be taken out and replaced by the patient. When using this retainer, additional oral home care must be taken to insure plaque and decay do not occur.