Dental Retainers


Once your orthodontic treatment is complete, the next long-term goal is to maintain your beautiful new smile. Once your braces are removed, you will immediately begin the process of retaining your orthodontic care. This is a very important step to making sure your teeth stay as straight and beautiful as they do the day your braces are removed. Once your teeth have been moved into their correct positions, time will be needed to stabilize the bone and tissues of the entire mouth. This will be a lifetime maintenance process.

What To Expect From Your Dental Retainer

Until now, your orthodontic treatment has been a team effort. But now it’s up to you to maintain your smile! For the first few days, your retainer may feel bulky and might even inhibit your speech. But don’t worry, your tongue will adapt and your speech will return to normal. Your teeth may also be a bit sore in the first few days, but this is also normal and will resolve itself quickly with continuous wear.

Here at Longmont Dental & Orthodontics, we offer two kinds of retainers – fixed and removable. A fixed retainer is a metal bar that is placed on the inside of the teeth to ensure they stay in place. Fixed retainers are easy because they don’t require you to remember to take them out and put them in. But you will need to make sure to clean them thoroughly, as plaque and bacteria can build up in the wire. A removable retainer is usually only worn at night while you’re sleeping. However, you may want to wear it 24 hours a day for the first little while, to ensure that your mouth has stabilized correctly.

To make an orthodontic appointment in Longmont, Colorado please contact Longmont Dental and Orthodontics today!