Secure Your Smile for a Lifetime
After the active phase of orthodontic treatment, whether through traditional metal braces or Invisalign, the next and equally important step is retention. At Vista Orthodontics, we emphasize the importance of retainers in maintaining the beautiful results achieved through orthodontic treatment. Retainers are custom-made devices designed to hold teeth in their new positions and ensure the longevity of your orthodontic investment.
When is a Retainer Necessary?

When is a Retainer Necessary?

When is a Retainer Necessary?
A retainer is typically necessary after the completion of orthodontic treatment. Once braces are removed or the final Invisalign aligner is used, teeth can naturally start to shift back toward their original positions — a process known as relapse. To prevent this and maintain your new smile, wearing a retainer as directed by your orthodontist is crucial.

Types of Retainers: Fixed vs. Removable

There are two main types of retainers: fixed and removable. The choice between them depends on your specific needs, lifestyle, and the recommendation of your orthodontist.

Fixed Retainers

These retainers consist of a thin wire bonded behind the lower or upper front teeth. Since they are permanently attached, fixed retainers provide continuous support to keep teeth in place. They are not visible and do not require any special care beyond regular brushing and flossing.

Removable Retainers

Removable retainers can be taken out of the mouth for eating and oral hygiene routines. They are typically made of a combination of acrylic and wire or exclusively from clear plastic. The most common types include Hawley retainers (acrylic and wire) and clear plastic retainers similar to Invisalign aligners.

Invisalign and Vivera® Retainers

For patients who have completed treatment with Invisalign, Vista Orthodontics offers Vivera® retainers. Made by the creators of Invisalign, Vivera® retainers are custom-fitted and crafted from the same durable material as Invisalign aligners, ensuring a comfortable fit and effective retention. They are clear, removable, and designed to maintain the alignment of your teeth after Invisalign treatment.

What to Expect When
Wearing a Retainer

Wearing a retainer is the final, crucial phase of your orthodontic journey. Initially, you may be asked to wear your retainer full-time, only removing it to eat, brush, and floss. Over time, your orthodontist may reduce this to nighttime wear only. The duration of retainer use varies for each patient, but it is often a long-term or lifelong commitment to ensure your smile remains straight and beautiful.

Caring for Your Retainer

Proper care is essential to maintain the effectiveness of your retainer and ensure oral hygiene. Removable retainers should be cleaned regularly with appropriate cleaning solutions, while fixed retainers require diligent brushing and flossing. Always follow the specific care instructions provided by your orthodontist to keep your retainer in optimal condition.

Ensure Post-Treatment Care with
Vista Orthodontics

At Vista Orthodontics, we’re committed to ensuring the lasting success of your orthodontic treatment. If you’re nearing the end of your treatment or considering orthodontic options, contact us to learn more about your retainer options and how we can help secure your smile for a lifetime.

Remember, the initial orthodontics consultation is always free.

Preserve the beauty and health of your smile with the right retainer solution from Vista Orthodontics.
Let us guide you through the final step of your orthodontic journey and beyond.