What is a retainer?

A retainer is a device that is fitted to your teeth to hold them in their newly corrected position after your braces are removed. Dr. Staples uses three different types, depending on the patient’s needs. One is called an Invisible Retainer, which is made of a clear plastic that covers all of the teeth. Another type is called a Hawley Retainer, which has a plastic inside portion and a wire that goes on the outside of the teeth. The third type is called a Permanent/Cemented Retainer, which is simply a wire that is bonded onto the inside portion of the front teeth. For more information click here.

We generally have our patients wear their retainers full time for 12 months after the braces have been removed, then every night for an additional six to twelve months. After that time, our patients are instructed to wear the retainer 2 or 3 nights a week for as long as they want their teeth to remain as perfect as they were when their braces were removed.

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