Once we remove your braces, we will move into the retention stage of your treatment. Maintaining the results you achieved during the treatment phase is key to the success of the entire orthodontic process. Your retention phase will last for a minimum of 24 months. Your final orthodontic result depends on your retainers, so follow through with the hard work you've put in so far.

Hawley Retainers

Hawley_retainerThe Hawley retainer, one of the most common types, is a removable retainer made of a combination of metal wires and sturdy acrylic, and is designed to keep your teeth in place. This retainer is specially made from impressions of your teeth so that it fits snugly and comfortably in the roof of your mouth, while any wire or acrylic framing keeps your teeth in perfect position. The acrylic can also be personalized with a large number of colors and/or patterns.

Fixed Retainers

lingualbondedretainerBonded lingual retainers are cemented directly to the inside surface of your lower canines (eye teeth). This is one of the best ways to prevent your lower teeth from shifting as it is permanently attached! As with removable retainers, it is important to keep them clean. When brushing, carefully clean 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 us immediately to schedule an emergency appointment.

Essix Retainer

essixThe Essix retainer is a clear removable retainer that fits over the entire arch of teeth. Essix retainers have no metal wires and are virtually invisible. They are very durable and easy to wear.

Positioner Appliance


A positioner is an “active” mouthpiece used after braces are removed to help guide teeth into their ideal position. Created from impressions of your teeth which are not in their final positions, the positioner help your teeth move to the final positions and maintain their new positions and prevent relapse. It is a “finishing” appliance that allows patients to come out of treatment slightly early if they are disciplined in following instructions and wearing the positioner. It requires biting exercises to achieve the final positions. Many orthodontists prescribe using a positioner before transitioning to a retainer which is a “passive” appliance and just requires consistent wear.

To have an excellent orthodontic result, it is important to wear your positioner as prescribed by your orthodontist. The exercises prescribed will help your teeth settle into the desired position in the positioner. These exercises include squeezing your teeth together and making side to side as well as circular motions.

As with removable retainers, it is important to brush and clean your positioner after each use.