Essix Retainer

Orthodontic treatment is not over when you finish braces or Invisalign!  In fact, the retention stage of treatment is just as important!  Retainers will help keep your teeth from shifting back to the position they were in prior to orthodontic treatment.  

Your retention appointments will be conducted for 1 year at 3-6 month intervals to maintain the holding of your correction. Your final orthodontic result depends on your retainers, so follow through with the hard work you’ve put in so far! If your retainers are not worn, movement of the teeth may occur.

Initially, your retainers must be worn at all times except when eating and brushing your teeth. Speaking may be difficult at first, but you will adjust quickly. As Dr. Trimmell, Dr. Anders, Dr. Snider, or Dr. White continues to see you, they will slowly reduce your hours of retainer wear until you are wearing them only when you sleep. Each patient may have different instructions. Therefore, please make sure you follow the doctor’s instructions carefully.

Remember to remove your retainer before brushing and always brush your retainer before placing it back in your mouth!  

****IMPORTANT:  If your retainers are lost, broken, or are not fitting properly, please contact us ASAP.  It is very important to have replacement retainers made immediately to ensure your teeth do not shift.