Retention

Once we remove your braces, we will move into the retention stage of your treatment. Maintaining the results you achieved during the treatment phase is key to the success of the entire orthodontic process. Your retention phase will last 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.

Clear

essixA 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.

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

 

Hawley Retainers

Hawley_retainerThe 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.

Bonded

lingualbondedretainer2Most bonded lingual retainers are cemented to the inside surface of your incisors and/or lower canines. This is one of the best ways to prevent your lower teeth from shifting as it is permanently attached! As with removable retainers, it is important to keep them clean. When brushing, carefully clean the inside of your lower teeth as well as the wire. Flossing is more difficult with bonded retainers and excellent oral hygiene is necessary in order for us to consider this option. If your retainer breaks at any time during the retention phase, please do not adjust it yourself. Call us immediately to schedule an emergency appointment.

The office of Dr. Ohlenforst

  • The office of Dr. Ohlenforst - 3200 N. O’Connor Rd., Irving, TX 75062 Phone: (972) 257-3200 Fax: (972) 252-1324

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