After Braces: Retainers & Retention

Retainers
After we remove your braces, we begin the retention phase of your treatment. This phase lasts for a minimum of 24 months. Your final orthodontic result depends on your retainers, so you must follow through with the hard work you’ve put in so far! Remember to remove your retainer before brushing, and brush your retainer before placing it back in your mouth.

Essix Clear Retainers

The Essix Retainer is a transparent, removable retainer that fits over the entire arch of teeth. Similar to Invisalign® trays, Essix retainers have no wires, are inexpensive, and are easier to wear. They can be used for other treatments as well, including tooth movement and bridges.

Permanent (Fixed/Bonded) Retainers

Bonded/Permanent retainers are cemented directly to the inside surface of your lower canines (eye teeth). This is one of the best ways to prevent your lower teeth from shifting as it is permanently attached! Patients with bonded lingual retainers must be careful with their bite as the bonding material may break due to incorrect biting and cause teeth to shift quickly. As with removable retainers, it is important to keep them clean. When brushing, make sure to carefully clean the inside of your lower teeth as well as the wire.
If your retainer breaks at any time during treatment, please do not adjust it yourself. Call us immediately to schedule an emergency appointment.

Kissimmee Office

St. Cloud Office

Meet Our Orthodontists

Dr. David O. Mansour, DMD

Dr. David Mansour was raised in Orlando, Florida, where he attended Bishop Moore High School. After high school, he attended University of Florida for his undergraduate studies, where he received his degree in Microbiology and Cell Science. He later received his dental degree from the University of Florida, where he graduated near the top of his class with several honors, including being named a Florida Dental Health Foundation scholar, and was inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon, an exclusive national dental honor society. Dr. Mansour developed a passion for the field of orthodontics while in dental school and went on to complete three years of specialty training in orthodontics at the University of Florida. Dr Mansour enjoys spending his time with his wife, Dr. Kelly Mansour (a pediatric dentist), playing golf, basketball, and watching Gator football!

Dr. Craig Lewis, DDS

Dr. Lewis has been in practice since 1977 in Kissimmee, Florida. He received his undergraduate degree at the University of Florida and then went on to the University of Maryland School of Dentistry for his dental degree. His specialty training, which required an additional two years of postgraduate studies in the field of orthodontics, was also at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. His favorite hobbies are golf, fishing, Gator football, and spending time with his wife, two children, and grandchildren.