Orthodontics

Retainers Are Forever

Orthodontics

Retainers Are Forever

Stabilize Your Smile

  • To complete your orthodontic journey, a set of clear retainers will be given to you in order to hold your new smile in place.
  • Why is it important to wear your retainer? A retainer preserves and stabilizes your results. It helps control and limit potential changes in tooth position and holds teeth in their correct alignment while the surrounding gums, bone, and muscle adjust to the new positioning of your teeth. Just as we tend to get shorter while we age, the bone in our jaws will change as well. Teeth are never stable. Nightly retainer wear for a lifetime (or no less than one night per week) is your best insurance to keep your smile in top shape!
  • Remember, a tight retainer means teeth are shifting! If this happens, you should wear yours more often. Only you can keep your teeth straight!

Types of Retainers

  • Retainers are custom-made and can be removable or fixed.
  • Clear retainers look similar to clear aligners. They are produced from a mold of your newly aligned teeth. All we have to do to create them is take a digital scan of your teeth, no more goopy impressions necessary! As long as you have maintained your retainer wear and kept up with your molds, we will provide you with a new clear retainer up to 4 times a year in case they get lost or broken!
  • Fixed retainers consist of wires bonded behind the bottom and/or top teeth. Since these are typically only on lower front teeth, you still need a clear overlay retainer to prevent the rest of your teeth from shifting!

Retainer Pros and Cons

  • Removable retainers can be taken out for eating and hygiene routines, but they sometimes can get lost. Be sure to keep them in the Lawless Orthodontics case that is provided to you at the end of your treatment whenever you remove them.
  • Fixed retainers require a little extra attention to remove tartar while flossing. Patients with fixed retainers often must use floss threaders to pass dental floss through the small spaces between the retainer and the teeth.