Retainers

Because Keeping Your Beautiful Smile is Worth it!

Teeth gradually shift as a natural response to muscular forces throughout our lifetime. This happens even more frequently when teeth have been moved with orthodontics, and there is a risk that the teeth will return to the positions they were in prior to treatment.

Wearing retainers after braces is essential to maintaining a beautiful smile. Insuring your smile for a lifetime requires a strong commitment to long-term retention. Retainers eventually age and lose their effectiveness or break, or they may  be lost or damaged due to neglect. To provide peace of mind and help protect your investment, we offer our patients several retainer options for long term protection. 

Our retainer program helps ensure that you always have properly fitting retainers without having to worry about retainer cost. After paying the initial enrollment fee, patients receive their first set of replacement retainers and up to 4 replacement retainers per year (one arch per replacement). After 6 years, patients are eligible to re-enroll in the program.  

Call our office today for more information about our retainer program!

Retainers keep your smile beautiful.

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    There are three main types of retainers most commonly used.

    Bonded retainers consist of a metal wire that goes behind the teeth, they are effective but difficult to keep clean. Hawley retainers are the most recognizable with a metal wire wrapping around the teeth (seen on the left). Hawley retainers do not secure all of the teeth, and are less esthetically pleasing. Essix retainers are clear and snap on to your teeth. They are considered the best option for retaining a beautiful smile, which is why Essix is the only retainer product we use in the Retainers for Life program.
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    How often should I wear my retainer?

    Every person is individualized in regards to their retainer regimen, however as a general guideline you should wear your retainer as follows:
    Month 1: 22 hours per day
    Year 1: While you sleep
    Year 2: Every other night
    Year 3: Every 3rd, 4th, 5th night etc. Until you reach one week.
    Lifetime: Once a week forever

     

     

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    How can I help my retainer last?

    Although retainers are intended to be replaced every 1-3 years, there are some steps you can take to get the most out of the life of your retainer. 

    • Remove both sides carefully at the same time to prevent breakage.
    • Do not eat or drink while wearing unless water), as they will trap sugar and will stain.
    • Store your retainer in its protective case when not being worn.
    • Clean with a tooth brush and dish soap (tooth paste is too abrasive) and occasionally with denture or retainer cleaners.
    • Do not place retainers in hot water or leave them in a hot car, as excessive heat will damage them.
    • Never leave your retainers in reach of pets, as dogs are attracted to the smell of saliva.

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    Retainers are meant to be replaced. 

    Eventually the plastic of an Essix retainer will become dull and may even crack, thereby loosing some of their effectiveness. Essix Retainers typically last 1-3 years before they need to be replaced from normal wear and tear such as patient handling, night-time teeth grinding, etc. 
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    Don't put off replacing your retainer! 

    Many people wait too long to schedule an appointment after a lost or broken retainer fearing how much retainers cost for a replacement. However, once the teeth have shifted, additional treatment costs are needed creating a bigger financial burden. Our hope is that our Retainer Program will motivate patients to come in immediately when their retainer is ready for replacement regardless if from wear, loss, or damage. Call our office today to learn more about enrolling in our Retainers Program.


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