Orthodontic Retention

Orthodontic Retention

Once you have a beautiful, healthy smile, you need to work to keep it that way.

After working hard for a better smile, you do not want to see your teeth shift back to their original positions. However, without orthodontic retention, that is exactly what will happen. During this final phase of treatment, retainers are worn to hold the teeth in their desired position while the gums, bone, and muscle adjust to keep them there.

There are different types of retainers that can be used.

Patients can have fixed retainers or removable retainers. Fixed retainers are placed on the teeth much like braces are and stay there until removed. Removable retainers are, as the name implies, removable, usually worn for part of the day or only at night, depending on the needs of the patient. A typical day retainer will have a metal wire that runs around the teeth and an acrylic arch that fits into the roof of the mouth. Aligner retainers look like Invisalign aligners and can be worn just at night or all day.

Fixed retainers are ideal for those who struggle to remember to use retainers.

This means young people, busy people, and just anyone who doesn’t want to risk their ability to remember compromising their treatment. Also, for those who need retainers all day and for the long term, a fixed retainer may just be the easiest option.

Removable retainers make teeth easier to clean.

While you have more to remember, cleaning your teeth will be easier with a removable retainer. Fixed retainers require extra effort to clean around, similar as to what was needed with braces. Removable retainers are more similar in this aspect to Invisalign.

So which is right for you? We can help you decide. Schedule your appointment today.