Retention

At Wiregrass Orthodontic Specialists, we know that your smile is an investment. That’s why we offer a variety of treatments and products to promote orthodontic health for the entire family. With offices in Enterprise, Ozark, and Dothan, our orthodontist is prepared to bring quality orthodontic care closer to home. Whether you are just beginning your braces or Invisalign treatment or nearing the end, it is important to understand the retention process.

What Is Retention?

Retention is the process of maintaining and preserving your smile after braces, Invisalign, or other orthodontic treatment concludes. As you know, your teeth are constantly moving throughout your life. While movement slows down after adulthood, your teeth may continue to naturally move. Wearing a retainer stabilizes your teeth, keeping them in the position that you and your orthodontist worked so hard to achieve.

Duration Of Retention

Retention is a lifelong process. Initially, your orthodontist will require you to wear your retainer all day, every day. With the exception of meals and oral hygiene routines, you should wear your retainer constantly to achieve optimal results. If you are consistent with your retainer use, your Enterprise orthodontist will eventually clear you to start fading out how often you wear it. While you initially wear your retainer every night, around this time you can begin wearing the retainer every other night. However, you must continue to wear your retainer throughout your entire life in order to prevent your teeth from moving again, which could cause you to need additional orthodontic treatment in the future.

Types of Retainers

To meet the varied needs of our patients throughout the Enterprise and Ozark area, we offer a few different options for your retainer.

Hawley Retainers

Hawley Retainers

The Hawley retainer is one of the most popular types of retainers for our Enterprise, Dothan and Ozark braces patients. This type of retainer is made of metal, wires, and acrylic. This orthodontic appliance is designed to fit snugly and comfortably in the roof over your mouth. The Hawley retainer is made from impressions of your teeth to ensure a secure fit and, when worn, keeps your teeth in perfect position. It is removable so that you can still eat and talk in comfort, and the acrylic can be personalized in a variety of colors and patterns, making it the ideal solution for children.

Essex Retainer

Essex Retainer

The Essex retainer is ideal for our Invisalign patients. It is clear and therefore virtually invisible, yet is durable and great for retaining the shape of a smile. The retainer is designed to fit over the entire arch of the teeth but can be removed when eating or in social situations.

Fixed Retainers

Fixed Retainers

We recommend fixed retainers for more complex orthodontic situations. Fixed retainers are cemented to the inside surface of your lower canines, where they remain indefinitely. This option is the best for preventing lower teeth from shifting. However, they do require some extra care as they are permanently attached to your teeth.

Visit Your Enterprise Orthodontist Today!

Retainers are an important part of your orthodontic treatment. If you have more questions about the retention process, contact us today! We would love to discuss options for early, adolescent, and adult treatment. Visit us in Enterprise, Ozark, or Dothan to see an orthodontist near you. We look forward to meeting with you!

Wiregrass Orthodontic Specialists

  • Dothan Office - 100 O’Brannon Park Dr., Dothan, AL 36303 Phone: 334-792-1000
  • Enterprise Office - 557 Glover Ave. #1, Enterprise, AL 36330 Phone: 334-347-6777
  • Ozark Office - 317 James St., Ozark, AL 36360 Phone: 334-792-1000

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