A retainer helps keep your teeth in a specific position after aligner therapy has ended.

Which retainer is right for me?

Your orthodontist will discuss your options for retainers at your fitting appointment. If more than one type of retainer is recommended, your orthodontic team will be able to help you determine which is the right fit for your lifestyle.

There are two main categories of retainers:

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Fixed

Fixed retainers are permanently attached to the front of teeth. They can’t be removed for eating or cleaning and require careful brushing. Fixed retainers are commonly bonded to the front teeth.

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Essix

Essix retainers are made of clear plastic material. These retainers fit over the entire arch of teeth and are removable. Essix retainers are similar to Invisalign clear aligners but are thicker and stiffer, to hold the teeth in place and last longer. They can also be worn at night times.

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Caring for retainers

Retainers require extra care and attention. It is easy for retainers to get lost in the laundry or to get tossed into a gym bag. These simple steps will make sure your retainer stays clean and in the best possible condition.

1. Always store retainers in their case. This will keep them clean and free of food debris or bacteria.

2. Never wrap a retainer in a paper napkin or tissue because you can forget them or throw them away with the napkin or tissue.

3. Never soak your retainer in mouthwash or alcohol. This can warp your retainer or make it taste bad.

4. Never use hot water or a hot dryer to clean your retainer. This can change their shape.

When do I need to wear my retainers?

When you finish with aligner therapy, you will need to wear your retainers 16 hours a day. After 3 months of retainer wear, the teeth begin to stabilize, and you can start to wear the retainer at night time only, however you could wear them whenever you’re not eating or drinking. Your retainers are designed to hold your teeth in place so that newly shifted teeth don’t move.

What happens if I don’t wear my retainers?

Your teeth shift over time. If you don’t wear your retainers, your teeth will end up shifting, and your orthodontic treatment will be unsuccessful. Wearing your retainers after aligner therapy will keep your smile straight, so you can enjoy the results for years to come.

To find out more about the orthodontic services offered at Transforme

Our Services

Orthodontics

Clear aligner orthodontic treatments use a series of clear, plastic aligners to gradually move your teeth into an ideal position.

Myofunctional Therapy

Myofunctional therapy can help reduce the risk for kids and adults of requiring complex orthodontic treatment and even surgery.

Retainers

A retainer helps keep your teeth in a specific position after aligner therapy has ended.
Which retainer is right for me?

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is the simple procedure of removing the stains from the teeth’ surfaces !

Our Services

Orthodontics

Clear aligner orthodontic treatments use a series of clear, plastic aligners to gradually move your teeth into an ideal position.

Myofunctional Therapy

Myofunctional therapy can help reduce the risk for kids and adults of requiring complex orthodontic treatment and even surgery

RETAINERS

A retainer helps keep your teeth in a specific position after aligner therapy has ended.

Which retainer is right for me?


Your orthodontist will discuss your options for retainers at your fitting appointment.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is the simple procedure of removing the stains from the teeth’ surfaces. Teeth whitening is among the most popular cosmetic procedures performed today.