After undergoing your orthodontic treatment at Goodman Orthodontics, you become the proud owner of a straighter, more confident smile. However, just because you’ve had your braces taken off, or finished another form of treatment like Invisalign, doesn’t mean the work is done. In order to preserve your new, beautiful smile it is necessary to move on to the retention phase of orthodontic treatment.
you & your retainer
Maintaining the results you achieved during orthodontic treatment is dependent on your use of retainers, as prescribed by Goodman Orthodontics. Dr. Adam Goodman will create retainers that are customized to fit your unique smile, and he will provide you with personalized instructions for how to wear them.
This is your retention phase of treatment. It will last approximately 12 months; however, ideally we’d like you to continue wearing your retainers indefinitely. Your final orthodontic result depends on this phase, so follow through with the hard work you’ve put in so far by wearing your retainers as advised by your 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. 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 orthodontist 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.
preserve your smile today!
Through orthodontic treatment, you and your orthodontist 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 orthodontist) once you get your braces off. It is the best way secure that your straight new smile lasts a lifetime.
For questions regarding retention, braces, Invisalign, or another aspect of orthodontic treatment, contact the team at Goodman Orthodontics today—proudly serving Manhattan, New York City, the Bronx, Riverdale, and the greater New York area with an array of smile needs.