Orthodontic Retention

You've worked hard for your beautiful smile; keep it that way!

Finally, your braces have been removed and your smile is beautiful, straight, and best of all, metal-free! However, your orthodontic journey isn't quite completed. To keep your smile looking its best, you'll have to wear a retainer to preserve and stabilize your results. Retainers are needed to control or limit potential changes in tooth position. They are used after braces treatment to hold teeth in their correct alignment while the surrounding gums, bone, and muscle adjust to the new positioning of your teeth.

Types of Retainers

Retainers are custom-made and can be removable or fixed.

  • Traditional removable retainers typically include a metal wire that surrounds the front teeth and is attached to an acrylic arch that sits in the roof of the mouth. The metal wires can be adjusted to finish treatment and continue minor movement of the front teeth as needed.
  • Aligner-style retainers, or Essix retainers, look similar to clear aligners and offer a more aesthetic alternative to wire retainers. This clear retainer may fit over the entire arch of your teeth, or only from canine to canine (clip-on retainer). It is produced from a mold of your newly aligned teeth.
  • Fixed retainers consist of wires bonded behind the bottom and/or top teeth. While the device is usually required no more than a year after wisdom teeth have been extracted, it is often kept in place for life.

Pros and Cons

  • Removable retainers can be taken out for eating and hygiene routines.
  • Removable retainers can get lost easily, so remember to keep yours in the case whenever you remove it to eat or brush.
  • A fixed retainer is great if you don't want to keep track of it, or if you don't want to worry about how many hours per day it must be worn.
  • Teeth with fixed retainers require a little extra attention to remove tartar while flossing. Patients with fixed retainers often must use floss threaders to pass dental floss through the small spaces between the retainer and the teeth.

Read Our Testimonials

Dr. Leo Spyrou and his team are magnificent. My daughter has been a patient for 4 years, had the braces and now retainers. The experience was nothing less than positive. Her teeth are beautiful and people compliment her daily. We were so completely satisfied with Dr. Spyrou that we entrusted our second daughter's mouth in his care. Once again, happiness. My daughter goes in and out of the office willingly and happily. The women that work in the office are so friendly and considerate. I cannot say enough for Dr. Spyrou and his staff; they are wonderful and know their craft well. They get our constant recommendation!! ~ The Piccoli Family, Stoneham, MA ~
Dr. Spyrou has been working with our daughter for the past 2 years. His expertise and knowledge is evident when you sit down to discuss in length his view of your child's teeth a facial structure and overall health. Dr. Spyrou is able to show you firsthand what he sees when he looks at your child and explains to you treatment options. His staff has been nothing short of professional. Not only has our daughter's teeth come a long way, but throughout the entire process, Dr. Spyrou and his staff have always been willing and able to answer any questions or concerns. We would highly recommend Dr. Spyrou and will soon be bringing our son for his initial evaluation with Dr. Spyrou.~ John and Deb Spencer, North Reading, MA
Dr. "Leo" and his staff exemplify the "4P's" of what is most important to me as a parent… Professionalism, Personable, Price, and of course Perfection!

After experiencing a great orthodontic experience with my oldest daughter, bringing my youngest daughter to Dr. Leo was a "no-brainer". Great smiles… from both kids and parents alike!~ The Craham Family, Billerica, MA
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