Retention

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v-smile5.jpgWhen we remove your braces, we will begin the retention stage of your treatment. The retention phase lasts for 24 months. Your final orthodontic result depends on your retainers, so follow through with the hard work you've put in so far. If you have a removable retainer, please remember to take it out before brushing and brush the retainer before placing it back in your mouth.

Essix Retainers

The Essix retainer is a transparent removable retainer that fits over the entire arch of teeth. Similar to clear aligner trays, Essix retainers have no wires. They are inexpensive and easier to wear. They can be used for other treatments as well, including tooth movement and bridges.

Bonded Lingual Retainers

Bonded lingual retainers are cemented directly to the inside surface of your canines (eye teeth). This is one of the best ways to prevent your teeth from shifting as it is permanently attached! Patients with bonded 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 upper and lower teeth as well as the wire. Floss daily!