When you complete your active orthodontic treatment with either braces or aligners, you will enter your retention period. We take retention just as seriously as our treatment. We see our patients for several retainer check appointments to make sure their smile stays beautiful. We generally provide our patients with a combination of fixed and removable retainers.

Clear (“Invisible”) Retainers or Hawley Retainers:

  • Wear night time for lifetime
  • Clean retainers with foam from toothpaste in cool water
  • Retainers will distort in extreme heat. (DO NOT leave them in a hot car)


Bonded Retainers:

  • Bonded retainers should stay in for lifetime (if your hygiene permits).
  • If there is a request by either you or your general dentist to have it removed, please call the office to schedule an appointment.