Keep your smile perfectly aligned with our custom-fit retainers.

Prevent Your Teeth from Shifting

Retainers are essential for maintaining beautifully straightened teeth after orthodontic treatment. They help ensure your teeth stay in their new positions, preventing unwanted shifting. Family Dentistry of Lakewood offers retainers tailored to your needs and lifestyle. Whether you need a fixed or removable option, our team guides you through the process and ensures your smile remains flawless.

A colorful orthodontic retainer in a blue case, highlighting the detailed metal wiring and vibrant, translucent pink and blue acrylic. This image captures the essential dental appliance used for maintaining teeth alignment post-braces.
  • What are the different types of dental retainers?

    There are three main types of dental retainers: Hawley retainers, clear plastic retainers, and fixed retainers. Hawley retainers are made of a combination of metal wires and acrylic and are removable. Clear plastic retainers like Invisalign are also removable and nearly invisible when worn. On the other hand, fixed retainers are bonded to the back of your teeth and are not removable, providing continuous support.

  • Why do I need to wear a retainer after braces?

     Wearing a retainer after braces is crucial to maintain the alignment of your teeth. After removing your braces, your teeth can return to their original positions because the surrounding bone and tissues need time to stabilize. Retainers help keep your teeth in their new positions while your mouth adjusts to the changes, ensuring long-lasting results from your orthodontic treatment.

  • How long do I need to wear my retainer?

    The duration of retainer wear varies depending on individual needs and the type of retainer. Generally, wearing your retainer full-time for the first few months after braces are removed is recommended, then transitioning to wearing it only at night. Your orthodontist will provide specific instructions based on your situation, but wearing your retainer consistently, as advised, is critical to maintaining your straight smile.


More Questions?

If you have more questions about retainers or would like to schedule an appointment, contact our office, and we will be happy to discuss further.

Family Dentistry of Lakewood

10828 Gravelly Lake Dr SW #111
Lakewood, WA 98499
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