One of the greatest joys that orthodontic patients will have is getting have their braces removed and see their beautiful, new smiles. However, this doesn’t mean that the orthodontic process is over.. There’s one phase still to go – the retention stage. At Caraway Orthodontics, not only do we provide high-quality orthodontic treatments, such as metal braces, clear braces, Invisalign, and Invisalign Teen, but we’re also here to give you the same efficient care during your retention stage.

The Retention Stage

After your braces are taken off, you’ll enter the retention stage. This final stage of orthodontic treatment is just as important as the active phase of orthodontics. While braces were meant to correct your bite and alignment, your retainers will work to maintain this new position. During retention, we’ll use custom-fit retainers to stabilize your teeth until your gums, muscles, and bones adapt to the positioning.

At Caraway Orthodontics, we believe that retainers are for life. Teeth will always find a way to shift or rotate over time. It’s important for you to follow the instructions for wearing your retainers; this will help ensure the success of your orthodontic treatment. If you don’t wear them the required amount of time, your teeth will likely shift back to their original positions.

Caring for Your Retainers

To best care for your retainers, you should follow these tips:

  • Your retainers should be worn in your mouth every night while you are sleeping
  • Retainers are very fragile so it’s important to always handle them with care.
  • Clean your retainers with a toothbrush and toothpaste every morning. If you’d like a more intense cleaning, you can use a denture cleaner, or an equal mix of water and white vinegar.
  • Retainers are easy to use; make sure to place them in their case when you’re not wearing them. Never wrap them in a napkin and set them on a table.
  • Keep your retainers out-of-reach from pets.
  • Don’t store your retainers in high temperatures. If it’s necessary to sterilize your retainer, please bring it to us.
  • Retainers will only work if you follow their instructions properly.

Contact Your Louisville and Erie Invisalign Providers Today!

If you have any further questions about our orthodontic treatments, including metal braces, clear braces, Invisalign or Invisalign Teen, please don’t hesitate to contact us. If you’d like to schedule an appointment with us, you can give us a call at (303) 665-7333 for our Louisville office or (303) 828-0454 for our Erie office. We hope to hear from you soon!

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