Retain Your Smile for a Lifetime

Congratulations on completing your orthodontic treatment! It’s time to have those braces or clear aligners removed so you can proudly display your new smile. However, after the completion of your orthodontic treatment, our team will conduct a rescan of your smile and provide you with a custom retainer.

Your retainer is a vital component of your treatment. Oral musculature is extremely strong and without consistent nightly retainer wear, these muscles can gradually shift your teeth back to their previous positions. Our primary objective is to guarantee that your newfound beautiful smile remains with you for a lifetime. Therefore, consistent retainer wear is absolutely crucial to maintaining the results of your orthodontic treatment.

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Preventing Shifting and Maintaining Your Smile


Nightly Wear

Wearing your retainer every night is of utmost importance to maintain your new smile. Consistent use of your retainer prevents your teeth from gradually shifting back to their former positions, preserving the results of your treatment and preventing any reversal.


Keep it Clean

Remember to clean your retainer each night to prevent the accumulation of bacteria and plaque. These build-ups can potentially lead to oral health problems such as bad breath and cavities. Proper maintenance of your retainer is crucial for both the longevity of your retainer and your overall oral health.


Keep It Safe

When you’re not wearing your retainer, be sure to store it in its designated retainer case as this will help keep it clean and protected from outside contaminants. Additionally, to ensure that your retainer effectively continues to preserve your smile perfectly, it’s essential to keep your retainer away from extreme temperatures to prevent any alterations in its shape.

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The Right Retainer for You

At Bains Orthodontics, we understand that each patient has unique needs when it comes to preserving their smile, which is why we offer a variety of retainer options. After completing orthodontic treatment, we provide our patients with both Hawley and clear retainers to choose from.

Hawley retainers are removable, metal retainers that run along the front of your teeth, effectively maintaining alignment. These retainers feature wires covering your teeth, which are attached to an acrylic piece custom-fitted to the roof of your mouth. When you think of a traditional retainer, this is likely what comes to mind.

Our clear retainers, on the other hand, bear a striking resemblance to Invisalign trays. They are crafted from thin sheets of plastic, which are meticulously formed to precisely fit each tooth. These custom-fit retainers are created based on a 3D-printed scan of your smile, ensuring a snug fit. Not only are these clear retainers nearly invisible when worn, but they are also exceptionally comfortable. An added benefit is that they can serve as teeth whitening trays, enabling you to simultaneously maintain the position of your smile while whitening your teeth. This style of retainer has received high praise from our patients!

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