Retention

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When we remove your braces, we will begin the retention stage of your treatment. The retention phase lasts for a minimum of 24 months. Your final orthodontic result depends on your retainers, so follow through with the hard work you’ve put in so far.

Removable Retainers

Hawley RetainerMandibular retainers are maxillary, wrap-around retainers. We usually prescribe them as your upper retainer, and it is removable. You must be very careful when handling your upper retainer, as it is fragile and costly to replace. You are given a special case for your mandibular retainer. Please make sure you keep it in this case when not wearing it! To clean a mandibular retainer, brush it with toothpaste (sometimes with denture cleaner) using warm water.

Your retainer should be worn at all times, with the exception of eating and brushing your teeth. Your retainer should also be removed when participating in sports that require a mouthguard or while swimming. After 12 months of full-time wear, we may revise your retention treatment, allowing the retainer to strictly be worn at night.

Permanent Retainers

Lingual Bonded RetainerPermanent retainers are cemented directly to the inside surface of your lower canines (eye teeth). This is one of the best ways to prevent your lower teeth from shifting as it is permanently attached! Patients with permanent lingual retainers must be careful with their bite as the bonding material may break due to incorrect biting and cause teeth to shift quickly.

As with removable retainers, it is important to keep them clean. When brushing, make sure to carefully clean the inside of your lower teeth as well as the wire. If your retainer breaks at any time during treatment, please do not adjust it yourself. Call us immediately to schedule an emergency appointment.