Types of Retainers

Your Retainer Options

Just as there are options when it comes to braces, there are also many options available for your retainer. We recommend that all patients use a retainer at the close of their orthodontic treatment. Your retainer plays a vital role in ensuring that the beautiful results you see at the end of your treatment period last for a lifetime.

Below, you can learn a bit more about the different types of retainers as well as how to care for them. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call.

Clear Transparent Plastic Retainers (Removable)

What They Are

Clear plastic retainers are custom-made and molded to your teeth. They are nearly invisible and can be worn comfortably for a lifetime.

How Long You Should Wear Them

For the first week, you should wear your retainer at all times, removing it only to eat, drink, brush your teeth, and play contact sports. After the first week, you can switch to wearing your retainer only at night for a period of 2 years. Once the 2 years are up, you should wear your retainer every other night indefinitely.

How to Care for Them
  • Always remove your retainer from the sides, not the front.
  • Clean your retainer using a mild soap, not mouthwash or toothpaste.
  • You can also clean the retainer by soaking it in a mix of water and Listerine (half and half) for 1 hour.
  • You can use denture tablets to clean the retainer, but use only cold water.

Do not bend or squeeze your retainer. This can cause cracking and breaking.

What They AreClear plastic retainers are custom-made and molded to your teeth. They are nearly invisible and can be worn comfortably for a lifetime.How Long You Should Wear ThemFor the first week, you should wear your retainer at all times, removing it only to eat, drink, brush your teeth, and play contact sports. After the first week, you can switch to wearing your retainer only at night for a period of 2 years. Once the 2 years are up, you should wear your retainer every other night indefinitely.How to Care for Them
  • Always remove your retainer from the sides, not the front.
  • Clean your retainer using a mild soap, not mouthwash or toothpaste.
  • You can also clean the retainer by soaking it in a mix of water and Listerine (half and half) for 1 hour.
  • You can use denture tablets to clean the retainer, but use only cold water.
Do not bend or squeeze your retainer. This can cause cracking and breaking.

Clear Transparent Plastic Retainers (Removable)

What They AreClear plastic retainers are custom-made and molded to your teeth. They are nearly invisible and can be worn comfortably for a lifetime.How Long You Should Wear ThemFor the first week, you should wear your retainer at all times, removing it only to eat, drink, brush your teeth, and play contact sports. After the first week, you can switch to wearing your retainer only at night for a period of 2 years. Once the 2 years are up, you should wear your retainer every other night indefinitely.How to Care for Them
  • Always remove your retainer from the sides, not the front.
  • Clean your retainer using a mild soap, not mouthwash or toothpaste.
  • You can also clean the retainer by soaking it in a mix of water and Listerine (half and half) for 1 hour.
  • You can use denture tablets to clean the retainer, but use only cold water.
Do not bend or squeeze your retainer. This can cause cracking and breaking.

One Final Note

It is not the type of appliance selected by the patient that determines the outcome of treatment, but rather the clinical skills of the treating orthodontist. In the majority of cases, you can select the appliance that best suits your lifestyle, and the orthodontist will handle the rest.

We at Adirondack Orthodontics have years of experience in all of these treatment types. Call us today to schedule an appointment. We are here to help you understand all of your options and help you pick the one that is right for you!