When it’s finally time for your orthodontist to remove your braces, you can take a big breath of relief and joy. At Huls Orthodontics, we want to remind you that although your braces are removed, that does not mean that your orthodontic journey is complete. The retention stage, which begins as soon as your primary treatment phase ends, is key to the success of the entire orthodontic process. For a minimum of 24 months, your teeth will not be rigidly set, and you will be responsible for consistently wearing your retainers. Retainers are designed to keep your teeth in place and prevent them from shifting. At Huls Orthodontics, we provide three different types of retainers: Hawley retainers, fixed retainers, and Essix retainers. Our doctor and team will be more than happy to answer your questions or concerns about braces and retainers. Call or stop by our Monticello or Champaign offices today!

Hawley Retainers

Hawley_retainerThe Hawley retainer, one of the most common types, is a removable retainer made of a combination of metal wires and sturdy acrylic, and is designed to keep your teeth in place. This retainer is specially made from impressions of your teeth so that it fits snugly and comfortably in the roof of your mouth, while any wire or acrylic framing keeps your teeth in perfect position. The acrylic can also be personalized with a large number of colors and/or patterns.

Fixed Retainers

lingualbondedretainerBonded lingual retainers are cemented directly to the inside surface of your lower canines (eye teeth). This is one of the best ways to prevent your lower teeth from shifting as it is permanently attached! As with removable retainers, it is important to keep them clean. When brushing, carefully clean the inside of your lower teeth as well as the wire. If your retainer breaks at any time during the retention phase, please do not adjust it yourself. Call us immediately to schedule an emergency appointment.

Essix Retainer

essixThe Essix retainer is a clear removable retainer that fits over the entire arch of teeth. Essix retainers have no metal wires and are virtually invisible. They are very durable, inexpensive and easy to wear.