When we remove your braces, we will begin the retention stage of treatment. The active retention phase lasts for one year. During this time, retention appointments are scheduled for you to monitor your bite and smile to ensure stability. After one year of retention, Dr. Wilson dismisses his patients from active recall, and you begin the demand recall retention phase. During this final phase you are asked to continue to wear your retainers every night indefinitely to prevent tooth movement and call the office if you have any problems with your retainers. 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.
Hawley (Removable) Retainers
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.
Cope (Clear) Retainers
The Cope retainer is a transparent removable retainer that fits over the entire arch of teeth. Similar to Invisalign® trays, Cope retainers have no wires. They are easier to wear. They can be used for other treatments as well, including tooth movement and bridges.
Fixed (Bonded) Retainers
Bonded lingual retainers are cemented directly to the inside surface of your lower canines (eye teeth). This is one of the best ways to prevent your lower teeth from shifting as it is permanently attached! 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 inside of your lower teeth as well as the wire. If your retainer breaks at any time during treatment, please do not adjust it yourself. Call us immediately to schedule an emergency appointment.