You’ve worked hard for your new smile, and we want to keep your incredible results! A personalized retention program is essential for keeping your teeth from shifting back to their original positions. It takes 6-9 months for the bones and teeth to become “settled”, and a good retainer keeps everything straight and beautiful.
Just as your teeth were able to move into their straight, optimal position, they can shift back if left unchecked. A retainer helps to hold everything in place even after your braces are removed or Spark aligners are finished. You’ll be instructed to wear your retainer frequently for the first 6-9 months, and you can wear it only at night after that. Although you may not want to worry about a retainer, we strongly encourage you to use it as instructed so that your smile stays straight. Sometimes we will install a small permanent retainer behind your teeth so that you don’t have to worry about losing it.
Clear retainers are similar to straightening aligners, but are made to be more rigid and to last longer. We either make them in our in-office 3D printed models using the latest in plastic technology, or we get made out of state at a lab that can fabricate multiple retainers at the same time. Once in awhile, getting a “bonded retainer” that is glued to the teeth is the best option, whether for a short period or longer period of time for our patients. In this case, we use a custom fabricated retainer, called “Memotain” that is the latest in technology for fit and comfort.
In any case, retainer instructions will be given carefully, because retainers are a lifetime commitment!
Your best smile is closer than you think. Come into Warford Orthodontics for a 100% free consultation and we will show you what your smile will look like after treatment. The appointment is a no-obligation, no-pressure appointment. Bring your family and explore our friendly and professional office.