While it may vary from patient to patient, the normal period for full-time retainer wear lasts for about two years (24 months). In order to monitor your progress, we will schedule a few check-up appointments which will also give you the opportunity to ask us any questions or discuss any concerns you have. To ensure your smile is as straight and beautiful as the day your braces came off, please comply with our retainer instructions!
We offer patients two types of retainers:
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 are inexpensive and easier to wear. They can be used for other treatments as well, including tooth movement and bridges.
The Hawley retainer, one of the most common types, 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 acrylic can also be personalized with a large number of colors and/or patterns.
You will be able to remove this retainer when you eat and drink and also when you brush and floss your teeth. Please be sure to also brush your Hawley retainer before putting it back in.