Dr. Moore and his staff make every single patient that walks into the Mt. Airy or Bala Cynwyd office a priority. Whether you are entering early treatment, adolescent treatment or adult treatment, your healthy smile is the ultimate goal. We understand that orthodontic treatment is a commitment for doctors, patients and parents. This is why the retention phase is such an important piece of the orthodontics puzzle. You along with Dr. Moore work hard throughout your orthodontic journey in order to provide you with the smile you have always wanted, so let’s work together to maintain those results!

What Is The Retention Phase & When Does It Start?

The retention phase begins as soon as your orthodontic braces are removed. In order to ensure that you maintain the results from undergoing orthodontic treatment, your retention phase will last a minimum of 24 months or as long as Dr. Moore deems necessary. Dr. Moore and his team urge you to keep in mind that your final orthodontic result is dependent on your retention phase. This is why we encourage you to wear your retainers at all times except for when eating, brushing and flossing.

Hawley Retainers

The 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.

Essix Retainers

The Essix retainer is a transparent removable retainer that fits over the entire arch of teeth. Similar to Invisalign® trays, Essix retainers have no wires. They are inexpensive and easier to wear. They can be used for other treatments as well, including tooth movement and bridges.

Permanent Retainers

Bonded 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! Patients with bonded lingual retainers must be careful with their bite as the bonding material may break due to incorrect biting and cause teeth to shift quickly. As with removable retainers, it is important to keep them clean. When brushing, make sure to carefully clean the inside of your lower teeth as well as the wire.

Contact Your Favorite Philadelphia Orthodontist with Any Questions

At Moore Orthodontics we are always happy to answer any questions that you may have about the orthodontic process. We are proud to be able to provide multiple orthodontic services including the important retention phase. Should you have further questions about retention or any of our other services, we encourage you to visit the remainder of our website or give us a call!

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