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At Kavanaugh Orthodontics, we want to ensure that your braces or Invisalign treatment have healthy and long-lasting results. Retention, or the use of retainers after braces, contributes to the overall success of your treatment. Like braces and clear aligners, retainers are custom made to fit your teeth. Dr. Kavanaugh will create your retainers by taking an impression of your straightened teeth to create one of two types of retainers.

Depending on your current condition, and many other factors, we may recommend you wear the retainers from anywhere between a couple of year to indefinitely. 

Types of Retainers

There are two main types of retainers. Dr. Kavanaugh will be able to prescribe the retainer that best fits your individual needs. A few factors will determine which type of retainer you should use, including the health of your mouth and jaw, and your personal preference. 

Fixed Retainer

Fixed retainers are made of thin wires than run behind your teeth.  They are bonded in to your teeth in a similarly to brackets. With fixed retainers, you will have to adjust the way you clean your teeth, as the thin wire will run across several teeth. While you will have to make adjustments, fixed retainers are generally the most effective, since they are hold your teeth in place all day long. 

Removable Retainers

Removable retainers consist of a thin wire and acrylic clasps that hold the device in place. You will most likely start out with wearing the retainer every day for a couple of months. After that your orthodontist will determine how often you will need to wear your retainers. 

Talk To Dr. Husain or Dr. Flagg About Retention

Once your braces or Invisalign treatment is complete, you will have the opportunity to discuss what retention plan would be right for you. If you have any questions about your braces or any of our orthodontic services, please do not hesitate to give us a call at our Sedalia or Kansas City offices.