After undergoing your orthodontic treatment at My Orthodontist, you become the proud owner of a straighter, more confident smile. However, just because you’ve had your braces taken off, or have finished another form of orthodontic treatment like Invisalign, that doesn’t mean the work is done. In order to preserve your new, beautiful smile it is necessary to move on to the retention phase of orthodontic treatment.

You & Your Retainer

Maintaining the results you achieved during the orthodontic treatment process is dependent on your use of retainers. Your orthodontist will create retainers that are custom made to fit your unique smile, and will provide you with personalized instructions for how to wear them.

This is your retention phase of treatment, and it will officially last for a minimum of 24 months. Though ideally we would like you to continue wearing your retainers for as long as possible. Your final orthodontic result depends on this phase, so follow through with the hard work you've put in so far by wearing your retainers as advised by your orthodontist. 

Types of Retainers

Essix Retainers

Essix_retainers.jpgThe majority of our patients utilize Essix retainers for their retention phase of treatment. The Essix retainer is a clear, removable retainer that fits over the entire arch of your teeth. Some benefits of the Essix retainer vs. other retainers include: 

  • No Metal Wires
  • Virtually Invisible
  • Easy to Wear

Fixed/Bonded Retainers

In some cases rare patients may utilize fixed/bonded retainers. Fixed retainers, or bonded lingual retainers, are cemented directly to the inside surface of your lower canine teeth. Just like with removable retainers, it is important to keep fixed retainers clean. Therefore, when brushing your teeth, your orthodontist recommends carefully cleaning the inside of your lower teeth as well as the wire. If your retainer breaks at any point during the retention phase please do not adjust it yourself. Contact us immediately to schedule an emergency appointment.

Preserve Your Smile Today!

Through orthodontic treatment, you and your orthodontist work hard to attain a beautiful, straight new smile. Safeguard that hard work and preserve your new smile by wearing your retainers (as prescribed by your orthodontist) once you get your braces off. It is the best way to secure that your straight new smile lasts a lifetime.

For questions regarding retention, braces, Invisalign, or any other aspect of orthodontic treatment, contact team at My Orthodontist today—proudly serving the Lawrenceville, Cherry Hill, East Orange, Deptford, West New York, and Langhorne, PA communities with all their smile needs.