Orthodontic Retention

From Your Bismarck & Dickinson, ND Orthodontist

At Hollevoet Orthodontics, we are committed to helping you achieve and maintain a beautiful, healthy smile. Dr. Hollevoet and our expert team of highly trained orthodontic specialists work hard to get to know every patient individually, and we strive to craft specialized treatment plans that perfectly suit our patients' unique orthodontic needs. Finally, once treatment is over, we’ll work with you to help you keep the beautiful smile you’ve now attained in the final phase of orthodontic treatment: retention.

The Importance of a Retainer

Once you finally get your braces off, we know how happy you'll be - most of our patients nearly bounce off the walls with excitement! But hold on there, because you're not quite out of the woods yet: now begins the retention phase. Although your smile looks new and beautiful and your teeth are in new positions, they haven't yet "set" into place. Without a retainer, they'll just move back to their original positions - erasing all of your hard work! Wearing your retainer is a critical part of ensuring that your brand new smile lasts you the rest of your life.

Types of Retainers

We're proud to offer a variety of different retainers for different purposes. Here are some of the most common retainers we use:

  • Hawley Retainers: One of the most common types, this removable retainer is madefrom a combination ofmetal wire and sturdy acrylic composite. We'll fit you for impressions, then use those to make yourown custom retainer - we even have a variety of fun colors to choose from, so you can personalize your Hawley to fit your unique sense of style!
  • Fixed Retainers: Bonded lingual retainers, also known as fixed retainers, arelingualbondedretainer.jpg certainly the easiest kind to keep track of - they never leave you're mouth! Instead, they're bonded directly to your lower canine teeth using dental cement. While they're easier to keep track of, it's imperative you keep them clean, so always remember to brush them carefully with a toothbrush. If the wire breaks at any point, don't try to fix it by yourself - call us immediately and we'll schedule an emergency appointment to fix it.
  • essix.jpgEssix Retainers: Essix retainers are similar to Invisalign, as they're made from a clear plastic tray that fitsdirectly onto the dental arch. They contain no metal wires and are virtually invisible when worn, making thema great choice for wearing during the day. 

Contact Your Bismarck & Dickinson, ND Orthodontic Specialist

Have more questions about your treatment or orthodontic health? We're here to help! Feel free to reach out to us at our contact page or use our convenient online form to schedule an appointment at our Bismarck, or Dickinson, ND office. We can't wait to hear from you, and we look forward to helping you achieve a beautiful, healthy smile!