Orthodontic Retention

Once you’ve finished your braces or Invisalign treatment, you want to ensure the smile you’ve worked so hard to fix remains that way. Using orthodontic retention devices — also referred to as dental, teeth or mouth retainers — will keep your teeth in place, acting as a backup once your orthodontic treatment is complete. 

Retainers preserve your smile and keep it looking great for the long term. We encourage our patients at our offices in Maryville, TN, to wear their retainers regularly to maintain their beautiful smiles.

What Are Dental Retainers For?

Dental retainers are custom devices that hold the new position of your teeth. As we get older, our teeth naturally shift. Retainers protect against this shift, keeping the current positioning of your teeth and maintaining the alignment your braces created. They also protect your oral health. If you’ve received orthodontic treatment to correct an over- or underbite, your retainer keeps that work intact. 

You can use your dental retainer for many years. We recommend that our patients use them indefinitely. Otherwise, you may pop in your retainer after a long break to find your teeth have shifted and you can’t even fit it in your mouth.

Woman putting in a retainer

Types of Teeth Retainers

We make several types of retainers. Which one works best for you depends on the treatment you received as well as your personal preferences. The three main types are: 

  • Essix: Essix retainers can be used after traditional or Invisalign treatment. These clear retainers fit over your teeth tightly, keeping everything in the correct place. Essix uses the same materials as Invisalign aligners, so it’s a comfortable option.
  • Hawley: Hawley retainers have a more traditional look, with wires coming off of a plastic body that covers the top arch of the mouth. The wire comes down and fits around the teeth, with clasps functioning as anchors on certain teeth. The wires go across the front of the teeth to keep them in place.
  • Fixed: Fixed retainers are bonded to the back of the front teeth, providing a permanent solution that keeps the teeth in place. 

How to Care for Your Retainer

Caring for your retainer is simple. You should clean it every day, using your toothbrush to lightly scrub it. Don’t use toothpaste on the retainer, which could cause damage. Instead, wet a toothbrush without toothpaste and clean it gently.

Be careful with your retainer when you remove it. Keeping it in a plastic container when you’re eating reduces your chances of losing your retainer.

Why Choose Owens Orthodontics?

Owens Orthodontics focuses on the patient experience, providing excellent treatment and premier care. We’re among the top Invisalign practices available and recognized as an official partner. Our patients appreciate our staff’s expertise and kind, helpful approach.

Set up Your Appointment Today

Whether you need oral retention for orthodontic work that has already been performed or you want to explore other options, we can assist you. Contact us online or call (865) 234-2044 to make an appointment in our Maryville, TN, office today!