How To Keep Your New Smile Looking Great Long After Treatment

Receiving quality orthodontic treatments from your local experienced Tacoma orthodontist is the most important step you can take to improve your smile. At Douglas Knight Orthodontics, we love seeing the results of our hard work each time our patients complete their treatments. Whether you have just scheduled your first appointment or you’re nearing the end of your treatment period, we want to make sure your results last a lifetime. That is why we are passionate about explaining the importance of retention to each of our patients. 

Why Retention Matters

Without proper retention, your new smile is likely to revert back to its old appearance. This is because your ligaments, gums and bones will naturally return to their original positions if they aren’t prevented from doing so. They need time to adapt to their new positions in

your mouth, which is why it is so important to wear your retainer as directed. Here are the types of retainers we offer and how they work:

  • Essix Retainer: This retainer type is transparent and easily removable. It is designed to fit over your entire arch of teeth and has no wires. It is an affordable option that is more discreet than some other retainer types. 

 

 

  • Hawley Retainer: This is one of the most common types of retainers and is made from sturdy acrylic and metal wires. It is removable and designed to fit very snugly around your teeth. It is made with the help of an impression, which ensures a snug and comfortable fit in the roof of your mouth. 

 

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  • Bonded Retainer: A bonded lingual retainer is a permanent option that is adhered directly to the back of the teeth with a special dental cement.  

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All retainer types must be properly cleaned and worn according to your orthodontist’s instructions for best long-term results. 

Request Your Appointment Today!

Whether you are interested in learning more about the types of braces we offer or you have questions about retention, we want to hear from you! Give us a call today at 253-627-5550 or fill out our online appointment request form. We look forward to hearing from you soon!