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The time has come for your braces to be removed and you are excited! You’re ready to show the world your new, straight smile. You are also enthusiastic about having a healthier smile. You may be wondering, however, what comes after braces.

In most cases, our orthodontist will recommend a retainer after braces treatment. As the name suggests, a retainer is used to retain the new position of the teeth while the bones and ligaments of the jaw retighten and stabilize. If a retainer is not worn as recommended, the teeth can shift out of alignment.

Types of Retainers

The two main types of retainers are removable and fixed. You can easily take removable retainers out when you eat or when you brush and floss your teeth. Removable retainers are usually worn for at least a year after braces are removed. Hawley retainers are the most common type of removable retainer. They are custom made and are kept in place by a wire that wraps around the teeth. A more aesthetic type of removable retainer is made from a clear plastic that is nearly invisible. Fixed retainers are cemented to the backs of the teeth and are generally worn for several years.

We welcome you to call Amy Richter Orthodontics at 716-239-4815 today to learn more about retainers in Buffalo, New York, and to schedule your next visit with Dr. Amy Richter.