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Retention - End of Orthodontic Treatment

Retainers mark the end of orthodontic treatment.  You are now responsible for wearing the retainers, and to maintain the finished result, it is imperative  that you adhere to your retainer schedule.  If the schedule is not followed, your teeth may shift to the extent that the results we both worked so hard to obtain will be compromised, and retreatment, with additional expense, would be involved. 

Loose and tight fitting retainers are good indicators that the retainers have not been worn and adjustment may be necessary.  If the retainers have not been worn for a long period, a replacement may be necessary. 

Hawley Retainers

Hawley Appliance


Mandibular Hawley Appliance


Clear Retainers 

Clear retainers are acrylic custom appliances and must be worn as recommended by the orthodontist to maintain teeth alignment.  Clear retainers are optional to the patient, and are most requested by adult patients.  Clear retainers are an additional fee.


Retainer Replacement

A retainer is a custom appliance and when lost or broken, a replacement retainer is needed.  A cast (mold) of your teeth are taken, and sent to the laboratory.  It takes approximately 1 month for the retainer to be designed.

The replacement fee is due at the time the mold is taken.  Please check with the office manager regarding the current fee.

Retainer Cleaning

Keeping your retainer clean and bacteria-free, we recommend placing them in a plastic container with lukewarm water, adding a tablet of Efferdent or similar.  Using a soft toothbrush, gently remove any residue and  plaque build up.  

Retainer Maintenance

Recommended yearly retainer visits for adjustments will continue to keep your teeth aligned and your bite secure.  This yearly adjustment incurs an office visit fee, and is a worthwhile one for the time, investment and commitment you made to your treatment.

Splinting/Permanent Retainer
A splint is often recommended by the orthodontist when permanent retention is needed.  A splint is a permanent bonding material or wire that is bonded to the inside of the dentition to prevent movement of teeth.  This procedure is provided by a General Dentist and an additional fee applies. 

"I remember how excited I was when the braces finally came off.  I kept smiling, and smiling and wanted everyone to see how straight my teeth were.  I wear the retainer all the time because it I know that's the only way they will stay as straight.  I never want to get those metal braces on my pretty teeth again." - Erika



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