After you get your braces off or complete your Invisalign series, the retention stage of treatment begins. We offer retainers to keep your smile straight, healthy, and beautiful, so you can avoid further orthodontic treatment down the road.
Types of Retainers
We offer three types of retainers at Henry Advanced Orthodontics.
Most patients choose between the metal and acrylic Hawley retainer or the clear plastic Essix retainer for a convenient, removable option. Others prefer a permanent retainer, which is glued to the back of your teeth to preserve your smile for years to come.
Guidelines for your Retainer After Braces
Retainers are a one-time investment and preserve your healthy smile for the rest of your life. For best results, Dr. Henry will probably suggest that you initially wear your retainer full-time for a few weeks, removing it only to eat or brush and floss your teeth. After the recommended time period, you can wear your retainer only at night.
For easy maintenance and to ensure your removable retainer lasts, clean it once per day with a toothbrush and toothpaste. You can also soak it in denture cleaner occasionally to ensure freshness. When you’re not wearing your retainer, handle it carefully and store it safely in its case. Do not put your retainer in hot water or leave it in a hot environment, or the plastic could melt and become so warped that it no longer fits. If you have any questions or concerns, just give us a call. We’re here for you!
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Not only do both my children go to Dr Henry’s but I do as well. We are all treated with kindness by a staff that’s very friendly and patient. Juggling each of our own needs, personalities and tolerance to the "adjustments", I know we are in the best hands in St Johns County.
We are only a few months into our first kid's treatment but are very happy so far! Easy to get in for an appointment, never have to wait long and the office staff is super friendly and professional! Can't wait to see how good my son's teeth look in about a year! I was also very impressed that Dr Henry didn't force early treatment for my daughter but took a wait & see approach...the questionable tooth shifted and that conservative approach saved us a couple thousand dollars. She will still need braces and we will definitely be using Dr Henry!
Dr. Henry has a great way of making visits a fun adventure for my son. He always looks forward to going for his check ups. Wonderful staff all around!
I love going to Henry Advanced Orthodontics! Dr Henry is very good at what he does and my daughter loves going to the orthodontist! How many parents can say that? His staff are the nicest people and treat everyone like they are family! 100% recommend to anyone needing orthodontic care!