As your trusted Manhattan, NY orthodontic treatment provider, Dr. Goodman, and the staff at Goodman Orthodontics strive to provide the highest quality orthodontic care available. We provide treatment such as Invisalign, In-Ovation, as well as other braces treatment options for both young and adult patients alike. We enjoy working with each of our patients, guiding them through the orthodontic treatment process, and our team is happily there with you through every step of the treatment process — even when it’s over!
After undergoing your orthodontic treatment with your Manhattan braces provider at Goodman Orthodontics, you become the proud new owner of a straight, healthy, more confident smile. However, just because you’ve had your braces removed or you’ve finished another form of treatment like Invisalign, doesn’t mean the work is completely finished. In order to preserve your beautiful new smile, it’s necessary to move on to the final phase of the orthodontic treatment process — retention.
you & your retainer
Maintaining the results you achieved during orthodontic treatment is dependent on your participation in the retention phase through the use of a retainer, as prescribed by your Manhattan or Bronx orthodontist. Dr. Goodman will create retainers that are customized to fit your unique smile, and will provide you with personalized instructions for how to wear them.
The retention phase typically lasts approximately 12 months; however, we’d ideally like you to continue wearing your retainers indefinitely for optimal results. Your final orthodontic result depends on your dedication to this phase, so follow through with the hard work you’ve put in thus far by wearing your retainers as advised by your Manhattan or Bronx orthodontist. You will have three kinds of retainers to choose from:
The Hawley retainer is one of the most common types of retainers. It is removable and made of a combination of metal wires and sturdy acrylic. This retainer is specially made from impressions of your teeth, so it fits snugly and comfortably against the roof of your mouth while the wire and acrylic framing your teeth keep them in perfect position.
The Essix retainer is a clear, removable retainer that fits over the entire arch of your teeth. This may be given to you by your Invisalign New York provider. Some benefits of the Essix retainer include:
- No Metal Wires
- Virtually Invisible
- Easy to wear
Fixed retainers, or bonded lingual retainers, are cemented directly to the inside surface of your lower canine teeth. This is one of the best ways to prevent your lower teeth from shifting, as the retainers are permanently attached. Just like with removable retainers, it is important to keep fixed retainers clean. Therefore, when brushing, your Manhattan braces provider at Goodman Orthodontics recommends carefully cleaning the inside of your lower teeth as well as the wire. If your retainer breaks at any time during the retention phase, please do not adjust it yourself. Call our Manhattan or Riverdale office immediately to schedule an emergency appointment.
SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT WITH YOUR MANHATTAN, NY ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT PROVIDER TODAY!
Through orthodontic treatment, you and your Manhattan braces provider work hard to get you a beautiful, straight smile. Safeguard that hard work and preserve your new smile by wearing your retainers (as prescribed by your Bronx orthodontist) once you get your braces off. It is the best way to ensure your healthy, beautiful new smile lasts a lifetime.
For questions regarding retention, braces, Invisalign, or any other aspect of orthodontic treatment, contact us at Goodman Orthodontics today — proudly serving Manhattan, New York City, the Bronx, Riverdale, and the greater New York area with a variety of smile needs. We look forward to seeing you in one of our offices soon!