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Retainers

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What are Removable Retainers?

A removable retainer is an orthodontic device that is worn to retain and maintain the positioning of the teeth. Most often, this type of retainer is worn immediately following treatment and then every night to every other night for the rest of the patient’s life. The retainer will help to maintain a straight and even smile to prevent the teeth from falling out of place.

Why do I need a retainer?

Orthodontic treatment can be incredibly beneficial for correcting issues involving crowding, misalignment and malocclusion. However, the results you or your child receives are not permanent without the right type of maintenance. The teeth can and will eventually shift around if they aren’t properly maintained. The best way to maintain orthodontic results is with a removable retainer.

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Am I a candidate for a retainer?

Most patients who have undergone any type of orthodontic treatment can benefit from a removable retainer. These retainers are normally worn full-time for the first few months following the removal of braces and nightly after that. The retainer should be cleaned thoroughly each morning to prevent plaque buildup and odors. The retainer is custom-fitted with impressions and easy to wear.

How do I get a retainer?

To create a retainer, we will take impressions of your teeth. These impressions are used to make the actual removable retainer. You’ll then come into the office to be fitted for the retainer. We will instruct you on how often to wear the retainer for best results. For long-term maintenance, you may want to get into the habit of wearing the retainer each night or every other night. The retainer can easily be replaced as it shows signs of wear, damage or if it breaks at any point while you are wearing it or putting it in.

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