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Why do I have to wear a retainer?

RetainerIt is so exciting to graduate from braces. We call this phase retention. It’s just after you finish with braces or invisalign. This period is just as important as when the movement occurs. Following the directions laid out by Fischman Orthodontics will ensure that all the work done is not reversed.


Your retainer plays a key role in keeping your bones, gums and ligaments in place while they get accustomed to the new arrangement. Due to the long tissue memory of your gums, it is necessary to secure your teeth in one place to prevent them from reverting back to their former position is necessary. Dr. Fischman recommends that you wear your retainer as instructed, except when eating, drinking and flossing.

Retainers are often worn for as long as possible, typically at night. In some cases they help with clenching and grinding and guard against outside forces that can contribute to shifting, as well as periodontal problems. There are a few different types of retainers, depending on your preference. Dr. Fischman will help you decide what retainer is best for your treatment needs.


What Different Types of Retainers Are Available To Me?

  • Hawley Retainers:  Made from impressions, this metal wire and acrylic combination encompasses the six anterior teeth firmly fitting in the roof of your mouth. They are easily removable and come in many different colors, to add a little flair to your mouth.
  • Essix Retainers:  Produced from molds and comparable to Invisalign trays, these retainers are without wire or metal and fit over the entire arch. They are virtually invisible and easy to remove.
  • Bonded Retainers:  Cemented to the inside surface of your upper or lower front teeth.

Following all of your Fischman Orthodontics directives will prevent any movement relapse and the possibility of being refitted with braces. You are the most crucial player on your treatment team. You are in charge of your progress now. You’ve made it through the hard part: watching what you eat, keeping up with those elastic bands, and brushing, flossing and rinsing efficiently. Now it’s time to keep those teeth in line to maintain the beautiful, straight smile you will love to show off.

This information is not meant as medical advice. It is provided solely for education. Dr. Fischman would be pleased to discuss your unique circumstances and needs as they relate to these topics.