What Is An Essix Retainer?

What Is An Essix Retainer?

A retainer is something you wear to retain or preserve the current position of your teeth. There are a few different types of retainers, including Hawley, Essix, and bonded retainers.  What is an Essix retainer and why would you need one? Learn more about this orthodontic appliance and its benefits.  Description of an Essix Retainer  An Essix retainer is made …

How Do You Clean A Hawley Retainer?

How Do You Clean A Hawley Retainer?

Retainers are an important part of orthodontic treatment and play a critical role in maintaining your results by keeping your teeth from moving out of their correct positions. Cleaning your retainer is very important! How you care for your retainer can affect how it feels in your mouth, how long it lasts, and how effective it will be. A Hawley …

What Is A Bonded Retainer?

What Is A Bonded Retainer?

When you are finished with your braces treatment, the work isn’t done. Your teeth have moved into their new, straight position, but they will still need some help to stay there. This is where retainers come in.  Retainers work to keep your teeth from shifting over time. Your orthodontist will suggest just how long and when you should wear your …

Orthodontic Retainers: What You Need to Know

If you’re like most patients, you’ll be overjoyed when your braces come off or when you finish your last set of Invisalign aligners. You’re done with orthodontic treatment… or are you? The reality is, once you’re done with braces or aligner therapy, you’ve completed one phase of your orthodontic treatment, and now you’re ready to move onto the next: maintaining …

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How Long Do You Have to Wear a Retainer?

Retainers are orthodontic appliances that are worn in the mouth following orthodontic treatment. The purpose of retainers is to hold your teeth in their current position and prevent shifting.  Many patients are excited to have their braces removed, only to be disappointed that they will need to wear retainers for a while. The good news is that retainers are removable, …

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What Happens if You Don’t Wear Your Retainer?

You’re finally done with braces! You get them removed and you’re done with your orthodontic treatment for life, right? Wrong. The retention phase of orthodontic treatment is just as important as the active treatment phase. What is retention? This is the time when the focus is on keeping your teeth in the ideal positions so that they will remain properly …

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How to Properly Clean Your Retainer

After you complete orthodontic treatment, it is necessary to wear retainers for a while. The purpose of the retainers is exactly what the name suggests: they retain the position of your teeth and prevent them from shifting back to their previous position. If you’re new to wearing retainers, you may have some questions, such as how to properly clean your …