h-perfectSmile2.jpgAfter Dr. Marcus removes your braces, you will enter the Retention Phase of your orthodontic treatment. The retention phase is intended to help preserve your beautiful new smile. Compliance with Dr. Marcus' recommended retainer wear schedule is extremely important if you are to protect your hard work and investment made during your active treatment. Primarily, this phase of treatment is the patient’s responsibility.

It has been the experience of many orthodontists that 80% to 90% of orthodontic correction can be maintained. Some adaptive changes to your teeth may occur over time as you use your teeth. This is not a failure of treatment, but a natural process to be expected as you grow older. If you wish to provide the most protection for your orthodontic results, permanent retainer wear should be considered.

Dr. Marcus' Retention Phase Program Includes:

  • Initial Retainers
  • One year of follow-up visits

Additional Charges:

  • If retainers are not worn and the teeth shift, there will be a fee for re-treatment

To Maintain Retention, Please Contact Our Office Immediately If:

  • There is any change in the fit of your retainers
  • Your retainers are lost or broken

Retainer Replacement:

  • Your original set of retainers is included as part of your orthodontic treatment. There will be a charge for any replacements. 

Retainer Care

Retainers and other removable orthodontic appliances should be cleaned regularly. Brush the appliance daily with your toothbrush and some toothpaste. Pay particular attention to the side of the appliance that comes in contact with the roof of your mouth or gums.

Another option is to soak the appliance in a cleaning solution that is advertised as a dental cleaner. Ask Dr. Marcus about which solution to use. Some cleaning solutions can corrode wires or other metallic areas on orthodontic appliances. When brushing or soaking your appliance, never use hot water! It can distort the plastic and make the appliance unusable.

When your retainer is not in your mouth, keep it in the case that you received from Dr. Marcus'. Also keep it away from your pets. Dogs and cats will think it's a toy and it can be chewed up in no time.

Be careful not to wrap your retainer in a napkin because retainers are frequently forgotten and thrown away in the trash.

Types of Retainers

Fixed Retainers
A fixed retainer is typically placed (glued) on the inside surfaces of the lower front teeth. This type of retainer can be attached to the two canine teeth or to every tooth in the area. A fixed retainer is very efficient at maintaining the positions of the teeth in certain situations.

Removable Retainers
Removable retainers have been used successfully for many years and are probably the most common type of retainer.  All of our retainers are supplied with a retainer case for protection.  These retainers are to be worn full-time (at least 22 hours daily), until Dr. Marcus graduates you from the practice to night-time wear.