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Braces are off, now what?


Your braces are coming off and you couldn’t be happier! To maintain that beautiful smile wearing a retainer is key. Your retainer, just as your orthodontic treatment is customized to you. Full retainer instructions will be give the day you receive your retainers. These retainers must be worn which must be worn routinely after treatment in order to hold your teeth in their proper, new position while your gums, ligaments and bones adapt. Our office uses different types of retainers, the most commonly used ones are explained below.

Essix (Clear) Retainers

The Essix retainer is a transparent retainer commonly used retainer in our office. It is a removable retainer that fits over the entire arch of your teeth and is made by taking impressions of your teeth once your braces are removed. Essix retainers look very similar to Invisalign’s clear aligner trays. These retainers are removed when eating and to be brushed/cleaned when performing your regular oral hygiene routine.


Bonded Retainers

Bonded lingual retainers are cemented directly to the inside surface of your lower canines or in some cases your upper teeth, depending on your initial orthodontic problem. As with removable retainers, it is important to keep your bonded retainers clean. When brushing, make sure to carefully clean the inside of your lower teeth, as well as the wire itself. Our staff will instruct you on how to floss this area properly the day your bonded retainer is placed.


Hawley Retainers

The Hawley retainer is one of the most common types of retainers. It is a removable retainer made of a combination of a metal wire that typically surrounds the six anterior teeth and is designed to keep your teeth in place. This retainer is made from impressions of your teeth so that it fits snugly and comfortably in the roof of your mouth, while the wire and acrylic framing keeps your teeth in an ideal position. These retainers are removed when eating and to be brushed/cleaned when performing your regular oral hygiene routine.


If you have any questions about the retainers we offer or to learn more about post-orthodontic treatment please feel free to give our office a call and we will be happy to answer any of your questions. 1-800-920-9798

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