WHAT ARE RETAINERS AND WHY DO YOU NEED THEM?

Retainers do what their name says, they retain the position of your teeth over time. A retainer is an appliance custom fit to your teeth to maintain their position and alignment. There are several different types of retainers, but all of them serve the same purpose of keeping your teeth in position. It can take approximately three to six months for your teeth to stabilize in their new position, but even after, your teeth will shift if you stop wearing your retainer (sometimes within just a few days). Teeth typically want to go back to the position where they started. Retainers prevent that from happening. It is extremely important that you continue to  wear your retainers night time for a lifetime to maintain the alignment of your teeth.

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Essix Retainer

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Hawley Retainer

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Bonded Retainer

Call us at 804-256-2808 to learn more about what type of retainer is best for you or if you need a replacement retainer.