We offer several types of retainers: Essix, Hawleys, and fixed lower lingual retainers. All of these have their advantages and disadvantages. Retainers are not designed to last forever, your body changes as you grow/age and the retainers will also wear down with use. Retainers will need to be replaced, how often will vary from individual to individual. Do take care of them by cleaning them at least once a day when you brush your teeth and place them in the container that we give you to protect them from lost or damage. You can use a denture tablet to disinfect and clean them but brushing with a toothbrush and toothpaste is best. Do not boil them or put them in a hot car. We recommend wearing your retainers 24/7 for 6 months after braces and then at night for as long as you do not want your teeth to move. If you have any questions regarding your retainers please call our office. 281.955.0380
We wish you a life of long happy dental health with your beautiful new smile!