When Do I Need a Retainer?

When Do I Need a Retainer?
Posted on 07/20/2018

Maintain the Smile You and Your Orthodontist Worked Hard To Achieve


For most orthodontic patients, the countdown to the day they get their braces removed begins approximately one week after having their braces put on. So when the big day finally rolls around, most are discouraged to hear that treatment is still not complete. With the removal of braces comes the installation of a retainer. 

Why Is a Retainer Necessary?

No matter how perfectly the teeth are aligned post treatment, a retainer is necessary to keep the teeth in the best position possible. Retention is a life-long commitment, which is why your Rogers orthodontist will recommend a few different options and list the pros and cons of each. There are three different types of retainers you may get upon the removal of braces in Maple Grove:

  • Hawley Retainers
  • Essix Retainers
  • Permanent Retainers

    Each is effective in keeping the teeth in place. Whichever one you choose ultimately depends on your budget, comfort preference and how often you want to replace the device. 

  • How To Know When You Will Need to Replace Your Retainer

    There are certain signs that indicate that your retainer needs to be replaced sooner rather than later: 

  • Your retainer doesn't fit anymore. 
  • Your retainer is damaged. 
  • Your retainer shows signs of excessive wear. 

    If a retainer shows any of these signs, talk to your orthodontist about ordering a replacement. An ill-fitting or damaged retainer will not do your teeth any good, and you could end up compromising the results achieved by your Rogers Invisalign or braces treatment. 

  • Contact Us Today

    If you're concerned about the condition or effectiveness of your retainer, reach out to the team at Accorde Orthodontics today. Call us at 763-425-9888 or request an appointment online