You’ve worked hard for your beautiful smile; keep it that way!
Finally, your braces have been removed and your smile is beautiful, straight, and best of all, metal-free! However, your orthodontic journey isn’t quite completed. To keep your smile looking its best, you’ll have to wear a retainer to preserve and stabilize your results. Retainers are needed to control or limit potential changes in tooth position. They are used after braces treatment to hold teeth in their correct alignment while the surrounding gums, bone, and muscle adjust to the new positioning of your teeth.
Aligner-style retainers (Essix retainers) are our retainers of choice. They look similar to clear aligners and offer a more aesthetic alternative to wire retainers. This clear retainer will fit over the entire arch of your teeth.
Traditional retainers (Hawley retainers) typically include a metal wire that surrounds the front teeth and is attached to an acrylic arch that sits in the roof of the mouth.
Retainers are custom-made and are removable. Therefore, you can remove them while you eat and for oral hygiene routines.
Because they are removable the are also lost easily. Remember to always keep your retainer in the case we have provided for you whenever your remove it.
We recommend wearing your retainer full time for the first month (or as instructed by Dr. Bonney). Full time wear means to wear your retainer all day and night except when performing oral hygiene routines or eating. After the first month, you can wear your retainer just to bed. Once again, if Dr. Bonney has instructed you to wear your aligners differently, please follow her instructions.
You will be shown how to properly remove your retainers so they do not break. Do not flick the retainers in and out of your mouth with your tongue. Also do not bite down on your retainers.
You will also need to keep your retainers clean. We recommend brushing the retainers daily with your toothbrush and toothpaste. Rinse thoroughly. You are to also soak the retainers daily in a retainer cleaner solution. Do NOT use any type of denture cleaner on your retainers as can cause damage to the retainers.