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Everyone’s mouth has its own needs and shape, so when it comes to receiving braces, you may need to wear your appliance for months or as much as two years. The average treatment time for braces is about 22 months. Following the removal of your braces, it’s natural to want to reveal your new smile, but keep in mind that your treatment is not quite complete. Because your teeth and periodontal ligaments have not completely settled, we will fit an orthodontic retainer to maintain your smile.

The make of a retainer is a durable material, typically plastic, attached to a wire that fits around your teeth to maintain their new position. If you have a removable retainer, it will run across the fronts of your smile. A fixed retainer has a wire that runs behind your teeth, and it is cemented to your mouth.

The length of time required to wear a retainer differs for everyone, as some people need the support of their appliance for a few years, while others are required to wear the retainer every night for the whole of their lives. We encourage you to follow any instructions provided by Dr. Sid Molayem about wearing your retainer to prevent your teeth from shifting back to their original alignment.

If you have been fitted with a removable retainer, it’s important that you clean it daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a special toothpaste that is meant for retainers. Place your retainer in a soaking solution if you don’t need to wear it at bedtime. If you have a fixed retainer, keep your teeth and appliance clean by brushing twice a day and flossing daily with a floss threader to help you easily navigate around your retainer.

We urge you to contact Beverly Hills Braces at 310-278-9101 today to discuss your options for retainers in Beverly Hills, California, and to schedule an oral exam with our orthodontist.