When your braces are removed, you will begin wearing retainers. Retainers are necessary to hold the teeth in place and allow the bones and gums to become stable in their new positions. Full-time retainer wear is recommended during the first year after braces are removed. We like to see our patients for the first year of retention to ensure that the retainers fit properly and are comfortable.
Your final orthodontic result is also dependent upon your retainer wear. So follow through with the hard work you’ve put in so far! Remember to remove your retainers before brushing and to brush your retainers before placing them back in your mouth.
We use three different types of retainers. Each type has their benefits. Dr. Gallagher will review your retention needs and recommend the best type of retainers for you.
Types of Retainers
Trutain retainers are thin, clear-plastic retainers that are comfortable and esthetic. While very thin, they are strong enough to maintain the position of your teeth. A set of Trutains is included with your treatment fee.
Hawley retainers are comfortable, adjustable and durable. They maintain the position of teeth while also allowing slight adjustments in the wire for fine detailing. You can even pick out a custom color for the acrylic!
Bonded Lingual Retainer
A bonded lingual retainer is cemented directly to the inside surface of your lower front teeth and prevents lower teeth from shifting.
If your retainers are lost or broken, it is important for us to see you right away in order for us to make you a new retainer or repair a broken one before tooth movement occurs. Please note that there are additional fees to replace lost or broken retainers.