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After undergoing your orthodontic treatment at Smile Worx Orthodontics, you become the proud owner of a straighter, more confident smile. However, just because you’ve had your braces taken off, or finished another form of treatment like Invisalign, doesn’t mean the work is done. In order to preserve your new, beautiful smile it is necessary to move on to the retention phase of orthodontic treatment.

You & Your Retainer

Maintaining the results you achieved during orthodontic treatment is dependent on your use of retainers, as prescribed by Smile Worx Orthodontics. Your orthodontists will create retainers that are customized to fit your unique smile, and will provide you with personalized instructions for how to wear them.

This is your retention phase of treatment, and it will last approximately 12 months. However, ideally we would like you to continue wearing your retainers indefinitely. Your final orthodontic result depends on this phase, so follow through with the hard work you've put in so far by wearing your retainers as advised by your orthodontist.

Hawley Retainers

The Hawley retainer is one of the most common types of retainers. It is removable and made of a combination of metal wires and sturdy acrylic. This retainer is specially made from impressions of your teeth, so it fits snugly and comfortably against the roof of your mouth while the wire and acrylic framing your teeth keep them in perfect position.

Trutayne Retainers

Trutayne retainers are made from clear plastic and are custom molded to fit your teeth, sitting directly against the dental arch just like Invisalign. These retainers are perfect for day use, as it looks like you're wearing no retainer at all.

Bonded/Fixed Retainers

Bonded retainers, or fixed retainers, are cemented directly to the inside surface of your lower canine teeth. This is one of the best ways to prevent your lower teeth from shifting, as the retainers are permanently attached. Just like with removable retainers, it is important to keep fixed retainers clean. Therefore, when brushing, your orthodontist recommends carefully cleaning 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 our Edmonton and Leduc office immediately to schedule an emergency appointment.


Retainer Care

It's important to keep your retainer clean because bacteria and plaque can easily accumulate and eat away at your tooth enamel. If you have a Hawley or bonded retainer, brush it every time you remove it or before you put it back in your mouth in order to keep it clean. But if you have a Trutayne retainer, this may damage it.  So instead, soak it regularly in water with a denture cleaning tablet. This will lift away acids and bacteria without damaging the plastic.


How to Clean Removable RetainersPreserve Your Smile Today

Through orthodontic treatment, you and your orthodontist work hard to get you a beautiful, straight smile. Safeguard that hard work and preserve your new smile by wearing your retainers (as prescribed by your orthodontist) once you get your braces off. It is the best way secure that your straight new smile lasts a lifetime.

 For questions regarding retention, braces, Invisalign, or another aspect of orthodontic treatment, contact the team at Smile Worx Orthodontics today—proudly serving Edmonton, Leduc, Parkland County, and other surrounding communities with an array of smile needs.


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