After Your Orthodontic Treatment, You’ll Move Onto The Retention Phase - A Vital Part Of The Orthodontic Process. Learn About What This Entails On Our Blog.

Retaining Your Smile

Retaining Your Smile
Posted on 12/12/2017

So you’ve spent months – or maybe even years – undergoing our Laredo and Zapata Invisalign or braces treatment and it’s finally the day where you get to remove your orthodontics. While you may be absolutely thrilled at the prospect of finally getting to take your braces (or Invisalign) off, we have to warn you not to get too carried away – there’s still one important stage left – the retention stage. Dr. Patrick MooreDr. Andrea Font, and the entire team here at Laredo Orthodontics would like to tell you all about this vital stage in the orthodontic process.

Why Retention Is Important

The aim of an orthodontic treatment (whether it’s our Laredo and Zapata Invisalign treatment or one of our many braces treatments) is to move your teeth into a straighter alignment in order to fix bite problems and give you a more beautiful smile. The aim of retention though, is to make sure that your teeth stay in this great new alignment. When your teeth have just moved, they’re susceptible to shifting back into their previous, unfavorable positions. Wearing a retainer will hold the teeth in place as they get adjusted to their new positions.

How long you’ll need to wear your retainer will depend from patient to patient. You might only need to wear them at night or you may have to wear them during the day as well for a few months.

Types of Retainers

Retainers typically come in two different types: removable (can be taken out) and fixed (can’t be taken out). As your providers of Laredo and Zapata orthodontics, we offer a few different options for retainers. These include:

  • Hawley Retainers – These are removable retainers that are made with a combination of sturdy acrylic and metal wires.
  • Fixed Retainers – These bonded lingual retainers are cemented directly to the inside surface of your lower canines.
  • Essix Retainer – This is a clear, removable retainer that’s similar to our Laredo and Zapata Invisalign treatment.

Taking Care of Your Retainer

To keep up an optimal level of oral hygiene, you’ll need to clean your retainers every day so that there isn’t any bacteria, plaque, or leftover food on it. Not all retainers are cleaned the same way so your Laredo and Zapata orthodontist will make sure to go over how to clean your retainers before you get them.

If you have a removable retainer, you should keep it soaking so that it doesn’t dry out and crack. Also, don’t keep it in or around anything with a high temperature as it can be damaged by heat. If it gets damaged and you have to replace it, it’ll leave a gap in your treatment, which may mean that you’ll have to wear your retainer for even longer.

Lastly, try not to lose your retainer. It’s incredibly easy to lose it, which is why you should keep it in its case whenever you’re not wearing it. In the same way that you’d always check to make sure you have your cell phone, you should check to see if you have your retainer case.

Contact Your Laredo and Zapata Orthodontist Today!

If you have any further questions, please contact us and let us know. We at Laredo Orthodontics are always glad to help you in any way that we can! If you’re interested in visiting Dr. Patrick Moore, Dr. Andrea Font, and the rest of our team for our Laredo and Zapata orthodontics, feel free to give us a call at (956) 267-1234. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!