Retainers Specialist

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LM Orthodontics

Orthodontists located in McLean, VA

After months or even years of wearing braces or invisible aligners, you deserve to have teeth that stay in their new position and won’t require additional adjustments in the future. LM Orthodontics provides comfortable custom retainers to ensure that your teeth stay in place and look great for years to come. To adjust or replace a retainer, call LM Orthodontics for an appointment today.


What are retainers?

Retainers are orthodontic appliances that help hold your teeth in place after months of using braces or clear aligners. There are two main types of retainers your orthodontist may choose for you depending on many factors:

Fixed retainers

Fixed retainers stay in place permanently, or at least until your orthodontist removes them. They usually come in the form of a wire discreetly attached to the back of your teeth with a durable bonding material. If your fixed retainer comes loose, simply call LM Orthodontics to have it reattached.

Removable retainers

There are two types of removable retainers: Hawley and Essix. Hawley retainers consist of an acrylic piece attached to several wires that fit around the back of your teeth to hold it in place. Essix retainers look a lot like clear aligners and fit over your teeth seamlessly.

Vivera Retainers

After your treatment, you can ensure that your teeth stay in their new position with a Vivera® retainer. These retainers are made of the same SmartTrack plastic as Invisalign aligners and are more durable than their competitors. Your provider will let you know how often and how long you need to wear it. 

How often should I wear my retainer?

Upon completing your orthodontic treatment, your orthodontist advises you to wear your retainer constantly during the day and night for at least a few months, taking it out only to eat, brush your teeth, and clean it. After this time, your orthodontist examines your teeth to make sure they aren’t drifting out of position and gives you further instructions for when to wear your retainer.

You must follow the instructions closely to make sure that your teeth stay in place and avoid another round of braces or aligners. You may only stop wearing your retainer entirely when your orthodontist instructs you to do so.

How should I care for my retainer?

Fixed retainers require very little maintenance. The LM Orthodontics team gives you a special tool to help you floss around it, and you must continue brushing at least twice per day and visit your dentist for regular cleanings.

Taking care of removable retainers requires a little more work. You must:

  • Clean it with a denture cleaner or other specialized solution
  • Keep it out of direct sunlight or high heat
  • Keep it inside the handy case when you're not wearing it
  • Keep it where your pets can’t reach it
  • Remove it every time you eat

The LM Orthodontics team gives you additional care instructions specific to your type of retainer and your lifestyle. If you lose, break, or warp your retainer, simply call LM Orthodontics and ask about a replacement.

Retainers ensure that you get the most out of your extensive orthodontic treatment. To get your first retainer or a replacement, call LM Orthodontics to schedule an appointment today.