You’ve worked hard for your beautiful smile – keep it that way!
Finally, your braces have been removed and you can enjoy your beautiful, new smile! However, your orthodontic journey isn’t quite complete. 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 orthodontic treatment to hold teeth in their correct alignment while the surrounding gums, bone, and muscles adjust to the new positioning of your teeth.
Types of Retainers
Retainers are custom made and can be removable or fixed.
Clear retainers look similar to Invisalign aligners and offer a more aesthetic alternative to wire retainers. This clear retainer may fit over the entire arch of your teeth.
Traditional removable retainers typically include a metal wire that surrounds the front teeth and is attached to an acrylic material that sits in the roof of the mouth.
Fixed retainers consist of wires bonded behind the top and/or bottom teeth. It is often kept in place for life.