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Retainers in Sacramento

The day you say good bye to your braces is always an exciting day, however your orthodontic care is not complete. Maintaining your beautiful smile is just as important as creating your smile. Retention is how you maintain that smile. When your braces are removed, you will be given two retainers. The upper retainer is usually removable and the lower retainer is usually “fixed” or glued to the inside of your front teeth. Dr. Szymanowski may prescribe a different retainer that fits your specific situation.


Proper Retainer Usage

The usual retainer procedure is to wear the upper retainer full-time for at least 6 months. After that time, you should plan on wearing your retainer EVERY NIGHT for the first year during which time we will be keeping an eye on your retention. We will schedule two appointments 3 months apart and your last appointment 6 months later to evaluate your teeth and bite. Further retainer wear will be instructed at this time. Dr. Szymanowski will most likely recommend wearing retainers indefinitely.


It only takes days for some teeth to begin shifting back to their original position, especially within the first year after removing your braces. If you lose your removable retainer or if your fixed retainer comes loose in any area please contact the office as soon as possible. We’ll be happy to see your smile and ensure it remains so beautiful.

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Retention FAQs

How long do I have to wear my retainers?

That all depends on you! The answer can vary based on your length of treatment, how well you’re keeping up with your appointments, and your tendency for relapse. Dr. Damon will develop a specific set of instructions for wear. Make sure you follow them!

Why do I need to wear a retainer after treatment but others don't?

They do. Take a look at their teeth and see if they’re perfectly aligned. Odds are the teeth have shifted after treatment. By wearing a retainer you ensure that your teeth will look perfect for years to come.

What do I do with my old, temporary retainers?

Hold on to them! They can come in handy if you break or lose your primary retainer.

Should I bring my retainer to Dr. Damon's office with me?

Absolutely! How else are we going to make necessary adjustments?

How do I keep these things clean?

Make sure to brush your retainer whenever you brush your teeth. Give them a rinse with mild soap and water as well.

How do retainers break?

Your retainer will be custom-fit and created to fit your mouth and your mouth alone, but teeth can shift, and a retainer can break if it is forced onto your teeth after a shift has occurred. Retainers are also susceptible to explosions and fire, as well as curious pets. Keep your retainer safe!