retainers and retentionWhen we remove your braces, we will begin the retention stage of your treatment. The monitored retention phase lasts for 12 to 18 months. After this time, scheduled retention appointments will not be made, but continued use of the retainers is needed indefinitely to preserve the orthodontic result.

We will determine what retainer is best for you based on the initial and final position of your teeth.

Remember, your final orthodontic result depends on your retainers, so follow through with the hard work you’ve put in so far. Remember to remove your retainer before brushing, and brush your retainer before placing it back in your mouth.


The Hawley retainer, is a removable retainer made of a combination of metal wires and sturdy acrylic, and is designed to keep your teeth in place. This retainer is specially made from impressions of your teeth so that it fits snugly and comfortably in the roof of your mouth, while any wire or acrylic framing keeps your teeth in perfect position.


The Essix retainer is a transparent removable retainer that fits over the entire arch of teeth. Similar to Invisalign® trays, Essix retainers have no wires. They can be used for other treatments as well, including tooth movement and bridges.

Lingual Bonded

Bonded lingual retainers are cemented directly to the tongue side surface of your front teeth. Patients with bonded lingual retainers must be careful with their bite as the bonding material may break due to incorrect biting and cause teeth to shift quickly. As with removable retainers, it is important to keep them clean. When brushing, make sure to carefully clean the tongue side of your teeth as well as the wire.

If your retainer breaks at any time during treatment, please do not adjust it yourself. Call us to schedule appointment.