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Retainers after braces

Once you complete orthodontic treatment, retainers are a very important part of the continued health and maintenance of your teeth. Wearing a retainer will protect your bite and your new and improved smile for years to come!

 

How retainers work

Once you’re done with treatment and we’ve removed your braces or appliances, we’ll fabricate a retainer to match the shape and position of your newly straightened teeth. In most cases, we recommend you wear your retainers for several years, if not indefinitely.

There are two types of retainers after braces: fixed and removable. The type is chosen based on the clinical needs of the individual case, but we’ll work with you to determine what we recommend.

How retainers work

Removable retainers

There are several types of removable retainers. One type is a combination of a wire that goes across the front of the teeth which is held in place with a combination of acrylic material and hooks that insert around the back teeth to hold it in place. The other type is made of high-quality plastic, similar to Invisalign clear aligners.

Removable retainers should be worn all day and night for at least 3 months after your braces are removed. If no movement is detected, you may be instructed to only wear it at night.

Removable retainers

Fixed retainers

The fixed type of retainer is typically a thin wire worn across the back of the lower or upper front teeth. It’s usually bonded in place with cement similar to what is used on the brackets of braces. This type of retainer has the best outcome because it is worn 24/7, but takes a little more work to keep clean.

Fixed retainers

Looking forward to retainers?

Getting your braces off or wrapping up orthodontic treatment can be a super exciting time! But if you know the right steps to take daily, life with braces can be simple too.

Learn more about life with braces

Retainers