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Retainers

Custom retainers & retention plans

Here at Cater Galante Orthodontics, one of the best parts of our job is when we take our patients' braces off. The smiles on their faces as they see their newly straightened teeth, appliance-free, for the first time is incredible and really makes our job worthwhile.

But this isn't the end of treatment. In fact, our patients are just about to embark on what is, quite possibly, the most important phase of treatment.

Retention

What is the retention phase?

Once your braces have been removed, you’ll officially enter the retention phase. This is when we ensure your newly straightened teeth stay in their new position and don't slip back to their old ways. We do this by holding your teeth in their new positions until your bone, gums and muscles adapt using one of two options:

  • Removable retainers - these look like sports mouth guards or Invisalign aligners and can be removed if required.
  • Fixed, or permanent, retainers - these are small wires that are fitted to the back surface of your teeth to hold them in position.

Since the movement has already occurred, retainers are a pain-free way to maintain your results for years to come.

Tips and guidelines for wearing retainers

The length of time you will need to wear your retainer is determined by the extent of your treatment. Sometimes, after treatments, we ask you to wear your retainer daily. Other times, it’s only at night. With permanent retainers this won’t be an issue - we’ll insert the appliance and you can go about your life without ever noticing it’s there!

Our specialist orthodontists will advise you on how long you need to wear yours for, following these tips:

  • Wear them in your mouth, not in your pocket.
  • Follow our instructions to get the best result from our retainers.
  • Clean your retainers after every meal and before you put them in at night.
  • Handle your retainers with care. They are easy to lose so whenever you take them out, always place them in your retainer case for safety.

Before and afters

Before treatment Before
After treatment After
Problem

Overbite with Spacing

Treatment

Invisalign

Before treatment Before
After treatment After
Problem

Deep bite, Severe crowding with Crossbite

Treatment

Invisalign

Before treatment Before
After treatment After
Problem

Open bite

Treatment

Invisalign

Before treatment Before
After treatment After
Problem

Underbite

Treatment

Invisalign

Before treatment Before
After treatment After
Problem

Severe crowding, Edge to edge bite with Crossbite

Treatment

Invisalign

Before treatment Before
After treatment After
Problem

Anterior open bite with Upper crowding and Narrow arches

Treatment

Invisalign

Before treatment Before
After treatment After
Problem

Overbite with Lower crowding

Treatment

Braces

Before treatment Before
After treatment After
Problem

Overbite with Narrow arches and Moderate crowding

Treatment

Braces