Retainers Help Keep That Perfect Smile

At Utah Orthodontics, our doctors and highly trained team of orthodontic specialists are with you from the first free consultation, through individualized orthodontic treatment, and to the checkups after we’ve revealed your perfect smile. We not only help our patients achieve that healthy, beautiful smile they’ve always dreamed of, we make sure that those teeth remain in perfect position for a lifetime. This is accomplished by continuing orthodontic treatment with a retainer after your braces or Invisalign treatment is over.

Phase II of Our Affordable Orthodontic Treatment

Whether you’ve been wearing your braces or aligners for a few months or a few years, we understand your excitement the day you get your braces off, or toss that last set of aligners. We get excited, too! There’s nothing quite like the joy of seeing your beautiful, straight smile for the first time. But we’re not finished with you yet! Phase II of your orthodontic treatment is retention. And it’s just as critical to follow this phase as it was during your initial treatment.

Even though your braces or aligners have systematically moved your teeth into a beautiful, straight smile, it still will take more time to make sure for your jaw to set correctly. Without a retainer, your teeth will just move back to their original positions, wiping out all your hard work! Retention treatment prevents this, helping to cement your new smile to last the rest of your life.

What Are Retainer Appliances?

Retainers are removable, wrap-around appliances that help keep your teeth in place.  You can choose from either metal or clear retainers, depending on how they fit in your mouth and which is most comfortable. Your Utah Orthodontic Care expert will custom-fit your chosen retainer to your mouth and make sure you understand how to wear and care for your new appliance.

You will most likely need to wear your retainer all the time at first, taking it out only to eat, brush your teeth, or play sports that require a mouth guard. Your orthodontic experts will monitor your development and let you know when it’s time to wear it less – first only at night, and then eventually only a few nights a week. All retainers are fragile and expensive to replace – so be careful not to lose or break them! You’ll want to be sure to care for your retainer and keep it clean. To help keep them safe, we’ll give you a special case you can keep them in when not wearing them and, we’ll remind you to brush it regularly to keep it (and your new smile) clean.

Call Utah Orthodontic Care With Retainer Questions

If you’re retainer is damaged or lost, or if you have any questions about wearing your retainer, don’t hesitate to call your nearby Utah Orthodontic Care office, located north and south of Salt Lake City at 1-801-999-4431, or reach out to us at our contact page. If you’re ready to get started on the path to a beautiful smile, schedule a free consultation with one of our orthodontic experts. We’ll evaluate your orthodontic problems and determine the best mode of treatment for you. And, we’ll work with you and your insurance to set up monthly payments that will make having braces affordable. We can’t wait to hear from you, and we look forward to crafting you a gorgeous new smile to last the rest of your life!