Orthodontics are a great way to dramatically improve your smile, while also correcting fundamental issues that lie within your jaw, gums, and teeth.

Orthodontic treatment, regardless of the option chosen, takes a considerable amount of time to complete. As a result, many people often feel waves of joy when they remove their orthodontics for the very first - and hopefully last - time.

Retainers After Braces

In order to maintain these positive results, you will be recommended to wear a custom-fitting retainer for a period of time. The period of time varies from person to person and should be discussed in detail with your orthodontist. The reason for this is because teeth have a natural tendency to shift back. In order to prevent this from occurring, retainers are absolutely recommended.

Types of Retainers

There are two types of retainers that you will be considered for during your consultation:

  • Plastic & wire retainers – these are the most common type of retainer because they are very convenient and work to keep your orthodontic results intact. Both plastic and wire retainers are often recommended to be worn every day for 6 months. Again, this time frame will vary from person to person. It depends on your unique results.
  • Bonded retainers – these retainers are the best choice for those whose orthodontic treatment contained difficulty. They are permanently bonded to the back of your teeth in order to make absolutely sure the teeth do not shift back.

Let Image Dental OC Assist With Your Retainer Needs!

Schedule an appointment with our orthodontist today in order to find out whether or not you are a good candidate for a retainer. We can be reached at our office @ (949) 760-0363 or through our convenient online contact form.