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Retention phase

What is the retention phase? Why, only the most important part of your treatment! Once we’ve done our part to give you a beautiful smile, then it’s over to you to maintain the wonderful results.

After your braces are removed, it’s time to receive your custom retainer. That’s because your teeth will naturally want to move back to their pre-treatment positions if you don’t have a retainer to hold them in alignment while your bones restabilise.

Types of retainers

We offer a variety of fixed and removable retainers at Embrace Orthodontists, and will recommend the one we think is best for your case. The types of retainers we offer include:

Essix retainers

Essix retainers are clear removable retainers that mould over your teeth like Invisalign® aligners. Not only are they virtually invisible, they also encourage good dental hygiene because you can take them out when you brush and floss, and clean the retainer itself at the same time.

Vivera retainers

Vivera retainers are custom-made for Invisalign® patients with the same state-of-the-art technology used to make Invisalign® aligners.

Because they are custom, you will benefit from a precise and comfortable fit. You will also get three retainers, so that if one gets lost or damaged you can replace it.

Fixed lingual bars

A fixed lingual bar is a wire that is glued behind the front 4-6 upper and lower teeth. The fixed wire is great for retaining the front teeth and is easy to keep clean with regular oral hygiene and visits to the general dentist.

Hawley retainers

The Hawley retainer a durable removable retainer option. Hawley retainers are handmade in a lab using acrylic and wire, and fit snugly over your teeth. The wires will be visible over the front of your teeth when you smile.

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Dental care after treatment

It is important to contact your general dentist to arrange an exam after you achieve your new smile. We will communicate with your dentist who will monitor things for us, such as your fixed retainer or your wisdom teeth (which can undo your hard work if they aren’t addressed). If you need any dental work done (such as fillings) during the retention phase, please contact our office to make arrangements for a new clear retainer (fees may apply) as any change to the shape of your teeth could stop your retainer from fitting properly.

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Tips for the retention phase

The benefits of orthodontic treatment will last you a lifetime if you keep these important patient responsibilities in mind. Here are some tips to keep your smile looking great!

  • Wear your retainers as often as instructed so your teeth do not shift.
  • Use your fingers to insert your retainer; do not bite it into place. This could cause damage to the retainer.
  • If your speech is affected at first, don’t worry, your mouth will adjust to your retainer in a few days.
  • When removing your retainer, work with your fingernail around the back molars first, and then gently pull the retainer off, holding it on both sides.
  • Never use a napkin to store your retainer. This is the number one way retainers are lost or broken.
  • Always use your case - as retainers are fragile and easy to lose.
  • Keep your retainers away from heat (i.e. boiling water, microwave, hot car, etc.) as they may distort.
  • Keep your retainers away from your pets, especially dogs, as they love to chew on them.
  • Remove your retainers to brush your teeth.
  • Be sure to pay close attention to the inside surfaces of your teeth while brushing.
  • Be sure to clean your retainers using mild hand soap and a spare toothbrush. You may use a denture cleanser, but do not soak them overnight.

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Ready, get set, smile!

You’re now all set up for success with your new smile. We hope these retention tips help you enjoy your smile for years to come.

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