Retention

Life After Braces

Braces and Invisalign are a commitment, and at Delaware Orthodontics, we want to make sure that the results of our orthodontic treatments are long lasting. Proper retention, or the use of retainers, contributes to the overall success of your treatment. Like braces and clear aligners, retainers are custom made to fit your teeth. Dr. Husain or Dr. Flagg will create your retainer by:

 

  • Taking an impression of you newly straightened teeth
  • Creating a wire or acrylic material retainer.


We generally recommend that you wear the retainer for a couple of years following treatment. In certain cases, we may recommend you wear the retainer indefinitely.

Types of Retainers

There are two main types of retainers. Our doctors will recommend the retainer that works best with your individual case. A few factors can play into the type of retainer you choose to use, including personal preference, and the condition of your teeth and gums. 

Fixed Retainer

Fixed retainers consist of thing wires than run across the back of your teeth.  They are bonded in place with cement similar to what orthodontists use to bond braces brackets to teeth. You will had to adjust the way you clean your teeth, when you have fixed retainers, since the thin wire will run across several teeth. While you will have to make modifications to cleaning your teeth with fixed retainers on, fixed retainers generally show the best results, since they are holding your teeth in place all day long.

Removable Retainers

Removable retainers consist of a thing wire and acrylic clasps that hold the device in place. You will likely start out with wearing the retainer every day for a few months. After that your orthodontist will be able to determine how frequently you will need to use your retainers.

Talk To Dr. Husain or Dr. Flagg About Retention

Once your braces or Invisalign treatment is done, you will have the opportunity to discuss with your orthodontist what retention plan would be right for you. If you have any questions about your braces or any of our orthodontic services, please do not hesitate to give us a call at our Middletown or Newark offices. Our team looks forward to working with you!

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