Congratulations on completing your orthodontic treatment!

Retainer Care

Below are instructions on how to keep your beautiful smile straight for years to come!

1st: Wear your retainers as instructed; otherwise, your teeth WILL MOVE!

2nd: Keep your removable retainers in the case that was provided. They can be easily left on lunch trays or wrapped in napkins and thrown away. No one likes to dig through the trash to find their retainer or have to buy another retainer. Also, pets have been known to make retainers into chew toys, so be sure to keep your retainer out of your dog's reach!

3rd: Keep your retainer clean. When you brush your teeth, hold your retainer in the palm of your hand, brush it with toothpaste and rinse it with cool water.

Types of Retainers

The doctor will help to determine which type of retainer is appropriate for each individual patient. During the first few days, the retainer may affect your speech, but this will improve quickly if you talk or sing aloud.

We will check your retainer over the next year to make sure you are following the instructions given. There is no additional charge for these office visits unless you have broken or lost a retainer. Please contact our office for fees.

Also, remember that wisdom teeth evaluations are recommended from 15-18 years of age.

Once again, congratulations, and thank you for complying with these guidelines to keep your smile beautiful!

Hawley Retainer


Essix Retainer


Design Your Retainers!

Standard retainers, called Hawleys, come in a variety of colors and can have sparkles or even decals.

Step 1: Choose a color for upper and lower retainers. They can be the same color or different colors. Please note the top colors are "transparent." That means you can see through them. These colors are ideal for adding sparkles, if desired.


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Step 2:
Choose a decal for your upper hawley. Here are some decals you can choose from. These look cool in your upper retainer! If you have a hobby or interest not represented below, just ask. We will make an attempt to give you a decal you like. Please note: if you have mixed colors, decals do not always show up well, so choose carefully!