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. Remember to remove your retainer before brushing, and brush your retainer before placing it back in your mouth.
The Essix retainer is a transparent removable retainer that fits over the entire arch of teeth. Similar to Invisalign 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.
The Hawley retainer is a removable retainer that goes across the entire arch of teeth, hawley retainers have wires.
A fixed (permanent) retainer is an alternative is some cases to a removable retainer. It is bonded (glued) to the back of the teeth after orthodontic therapy is completed.