When we remove your braces, we will begin the retention stage of your treatment. The retention phase lasts from one to two years. 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.

Essix RetainerEssix Retainers
The Essix Retainer is a transparent, removable retainer that fits over the entire arch of teeth. 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.
Hawley Retainer
Hawley Retainers
The Hawley Retainer, one of the most common types, is a removable retainer made of a combination of metal wires and sturdy acrylic, and is designed to keep your teeth in place. This retainer is specially made from impressions of your teeth so that it fits snugly and comfortably in the roof of your mouth, while any wire or acrylic framing keeps your teeth in perfect position.

Lingual RetainerLingual Retainers
We sometimes use fixed retainers. Bonded lingual retainers are cemented directed to the inside surface of your lower canines (eye teeth). Patients are 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 lower teeth as well as the wire.