Your Orthodontic Treatment Is Over…Now What?

Why Retention?

The day the braces come off is an amazing day for any orthodontic patient, but don’t get ahead of yourself, because now that you have the smile you’ve always wanted, you have to keep it. That means wearing your retainers as instructed by Dr. Wheeler. The purpose of retainers is to keep your teeth in their post-braces position as it takes time for your teeth, gums, and jaw bones to get used to this new arrangement. So, when the time comes, don’t slack off on wearing your retainers!

Removable Retainers

Retainers come in a few different varieties. Removable ones, whether wire and acrylic or clear plastic, have the obvious advantage that you can take them out, which makes it much easier to clean both the retainers and your teeth. However, that also means you might forget to put them back in — or, worse, lose them after taking them out to eat lunch!

Non-Removable Retainers

Non-removable or bonded retainers are strips of wire cemented to the backs of the teeth to hold them in their post-braces position. These retainers have the advantage of permanently ensuring that your teeth don’t shift back to their old positions, but they can make flossing between those teeth tricky. If you think you’re likely to forget to wear your retainers, bonded might be the perfect choice for you.

Wheeler Orthodontics Can Help You Keep Your Perfect Post-Braces Smile

Prior to removal of your braces, Dr. Wheeler will help you determine which type of retainer will be best to suit your treatment needs and comfort.