Idaho Orthodontics


After a patient has completed orthodontic treatment with either braces or Invisalign TM , it's time to retain that smile with a set of retainers! 

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Retainers at Idaho Orthodontics

After you've finished your planned orthodontic care, now it's time to maintain it! Retainers keep your teeth in tip-top shape; like you got your braces off yesterday.

Types of Retainers

There are 3 main retainer types: Hawley, Clear, and Permanent retainers. Each retainer type has different pros and cons, so be sure to pick the retainer type that fits best with your lifestyle.
View Retainer Types

Cleaning & Maintaining Retainers

Orthodontic retainers can also be a breeding ground for bacteria and germs if they are not cleaned and maintained properly. Here's what to expect when taking time to clean your retainers.
How to Clean Retainers

Why Do I Need An Orthodontic Retainer After Braces?

To maintain aligned teeth from orthodontic care and prevent relapse, patients need to wear retainers.
More On Using a Retainer After Braces

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Education & Resources

Retainers 101

How long do I need to wear my retainer?
The length of time you need to wear your retainer will depend on your individual needs and the recommendation of your orthodontist. In general, most people will need to wear their retainers for at least a year after completing their orthodontic treatment. However, some individuals may need to wear their retainers for a longer period of time to ensure the best possible results.
How often should I wear my retainer?
For the first few months after completing your orthodontic treatment, you should wear your retainers 24 hours a day. After that, you may be able to switch to wearing your retainer only at night. Every person's teeth are different, so our orthodontists will recommend how often you should wear retainers based on your teeth.
Can I eat with my retainer in?
We do not recommend eating with your retainer in place, as this can cause damage to the retainer and increase the risk of tooth decay. Always remember to remove your retainer before eating and brush your teeth before inserting them back in.
How do I clean my retainer?
You can clean your retainer by using a soft-bristled toothbrush and mild soap or toothpaste. Then gently brush your retainer to avoid damaging it.
What should I do if my retainer breaks or becomes damaged?
If your retainer breaks or becomes damaged, contact Idaho Orthodontics right away. We will assess the damages and determine if we can repair it or replace your retainers. If you wait too long to repair your retainer, your teeth may shift depending on the damage.

Creating Smiles.
Changing Lives.

At Idaho Orthodontics, you are more than a patient, you are part of our family. Dr. McMinn, Dr. Brown, and the rest of our team will do everything they can to make sure you or your loved one has an incredible experience throughout the Invisalign or braces process! Your comfort is our #1 priority. We offer the highest quality of care, and a variety of options to meet your needs. Your orthodontic treatment plan will be customized to meet your specific goals. Come visit us in Blackfoot, Pocatello, and Soda Springs, Idaho!
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