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.
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.
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.
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.
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?