The Need for a Retainer

Your braces moved your teeth into their ideal alignment through the course of multiple adjustment sessions. This will provide you with a functional mouth and appealing smile for many years to come. If your braces are about to be removed, you will most likely need to wear a retainer. Your teeth are held in place by a series of periodontal... read more »

Cleaning your Fixed Retainer

The metal wire or wires of your fixed retainer represents a serious investment in holding your teeth in their alignment for several years to come. Your fixed retainer is cemented in place behind your teeth and cannot be removed by anyone other than your orthodontist. Cleaning the back of your teeth and around the wire is essential for good oral... read more »

Tips for Maintaining your New Clear Plastic Retainer

Your retainer is an important step in maintaining the new alignment of your teeth after your braces have been removed. If you don’t wear your retainer for the prescribed amount of time, the residual tension in your periodontal ligaments will pull your teeth out of the new alignment. A clear plastic retainer is a popular option for people who only... read more »