Retention

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How to maintain your smile after braces or aligners are removed

After your orthodontist has determined that your treatment is complete and braces or aligners can be removed, it is very important that a retainer is worn during the day and/or nights. Your orthodontist will recommend how much to wear your removable retainers. Retainer care is very important and will be explained to the patient by the orthodontic assistant.
 
It is very important to continue to see your dental professional 2-3 times a year for professional teeth cleaning and exams to maintain good oral health during orthodontic treatment.

Retention

Now that your active treatment journey has come to an end it is important to follow the recommendations from your Orthodontist to keep your new smile! We use retainers to ensure your teeth stay straight and properly aligned.

We use both fixed and removable retainers at Signature Orthodontics.

Essix Retainer

This type of retainer is our most common and is almost completely invisible. They are easy to wear, durable and provide excellent retention. Since they are removable, they do not interfere with daily brushing and flossing of your teeth.

Hawley Retainer

This retainer is what a lot of people think of when picturing retainers. It is metal with a colored acrylic piece that sits across the palate. These will often be used if you are missing a tooth or other circumstances determined by your Orthodontist.

Fixed Retainer

This retainer is just like it sounds. A wire is bonded to the inside of your teeth and cannot be removed. These tend to be used when the risk of tooth movement is high after braces and wires are removed.

What do you need to know about your new retainers?

  • Wear your new retainers full time, until instructed otherwise by your Orthodontist.
  • Keep retainers safe by putting them in a case when they are not in your mouth. Pets love to chew retainers.
  • Clean your retainers daily with toothpaste and cool water. Brushing will remove plaque and eliminate odors.
  • Retainers are breakable so treat them with care. If retainers are lost or broken call us immediately.
  • Always bring your retainers to your appointments.
  • Speaking can be difficult with a new retainer. Practice speaking, singing, or reading out loud to get used to them faster.
  • Call us immediately if you feel that any bonds on your fixed retainer have been broken. Any tooth no longer attached will be free to move.
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