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Retention is an essential part of your orthodontic treatment. Please definitely:
Just like other parts of the human body, your teeth and mouth change with time. Dr. Maulik suggests most patients wear their retainers 24/7 (except when eating and brushing) for six months after their braces are removed. After six months, wear the retainers at night for as long as possible.
A Hawley retainer is a removable acrylic and wire appliance made specifically for each individual by taking an impression. It can be upper or lower or both. We will instruct you to wear it full-time except when eating and brushing. As your teeth stabilize in the bone, we will instruct you to reduce the number of hours you wear your retainers. We instruct and encourage all of our patients to continue to wear their retainers indefinitely. Even wearing your retainers up to two nights a week for many years will reinforce the stabilization of your straight teeth.
A vacuform retainer is a clear retainer only certain patients wear at night. It may be your initial retainer before using a Hawley retainer or your permanent retainer.
A lower lingual retainer is a permanent retainer bonded to your bottom front teeth. It is bonded on in much the same way that your braces were and meant to stay on for a long time. The only difficult part of this retainer is keeping your teeth around it clean. You must floss between your teeth individually—failing to can result in cavities and gum disease.