You've worked hard for your beautiful smile; keep it that way!
Finally, your braces have been removed and your smile is beautiful, straight, and best of all, metal-free! However, your orthodontic journey isn't quite completed. 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 braces treatment to hold teeth in their correct alignment while the surrounding gums, bone, and muscle adjust to the new positioning of your teeth.
Ask us about our LIFETIME RETAINER PROGRAM. As a member of our LIFETIME RETAINER PROGRAM, you will not have to worry
about the shifting that naturally occurs if you find yourself without a retainer.
The LIFETIME RETAINER PROGRAM covers up to 4 Retainers or 2 Sets of Retainers Each Year (plus a per-incident co-pay).
This $800 LIFETIME RETAINER PROGRAM is lower than the cost of 2 sets of replacement retainers!
The Anti-Aging Effects of Retainers
As time goes on, we get wrinkles, we get gray hair, we sometimes loose hair. With time teeth shift. Shift Happens. They get crowded and fold in weird ways. Unless of course we wear retainers!
In a way, retainers keep us more youthful, by keeping our smile gorgeous looking and healthy throughout life!
Guess what every famous person in Hollywood with a beautiful smile does at night when they go to sleep… you guessed it, puts on a retainer!
Types of Retainers
Retainers are custom-made and can be removable or fixed.
- Traditional removable retainers typically include a metal wire that surrounds the front teeth and is attached to an acrylic arch that sits in the roof of the mouth. The metal wires can be adjusted to finish treatment and continue minor movement of the front teeth as needed.
- Aligner-style retainers, or Essix retainers, look similar to clear aligners and offer a more aesthetic alternative to wire retainers. This clear retainer may fit over the entire arch of your teeth, or only from canine to canine (clip-on retainer). It is produced from a mold of your newly aligned teeth.
- Fixed retainers consist of wires bonded behind the bottom and/or top teeth.
Pros and Cons
- Removable retainers can be taken out for eating and hygiene routines.
- Removable retainers can get lost easily, so remember to keep yours in the case whenever you remove it to eat or brush.
- A fixed retainer is great if you don't want to keep track of it, or if you don't want to worry about how many hours per day it must be worn.
- Teeth with fixed retainers require a little extra attention to remove tartar while flossing. Patients with fixed retainers often must use floss threaders to pass dental floss through the small spaces between the retainer and the teeth.