When we remove your braces, we will begin the retention stage of your treatment. The retention phase lasts for a minimum of 24 months. 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, 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.


A clear retainer is a transparent removable retainer that fits over the entire arch of teeth. Similar to Invisalign® trays, clear retainers have no wires. They are somewhat less bulky and many patients find them easier to wear.  Because they are clear, however, they are easier to lose!  They can be used for other treatments as well, including minor tooth movement and space maintenance.



Bonded lingual retainers are cemented directly to the inside surface of your front teeth.  This is one of the best ways to prevent the front teeth from shifting as it is permanently attached.  Patients with bonded lingual retainers must be careful when biting into things as the bonding material may break due to the increased pressure.  Once this happens, then the teeth can shift back.  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.  Flossing is critical with a bonded retainer in order to prevent tartar buildup (especially on the lower teeth!).

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

3200 N. O'Connor Rd.
Irving, TX 75062
Phone: 972.257.3200
Fax: 972.252.1324

Mon.: 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tues.: 7:15 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wed.: 7:15 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Thurs.: 9 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.

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