Retention

Orthodontic Treatment in Camden, McKenzie, and Paris, TN

At McClain Orthodontics, it’s our mission to help patients achieve a smile you're proud to show off. As a leading family orthodontist serving the Camden, McKenzie, and Paris, TN area, our office offers a wide range of orthodontic treatments for children, teens, and adults, including braces and Invisalign. However, it’s important that you follow your post-orthodontic treatment instructions from Dr. McClain in order to maintain your beautiful new smile! The last phase and ongoing part of your treatment is retention.

About Retention

Retention is a critical element to any successful orthodontic treatment. This is because once you finish the active phase of your treatment plan, your teeth will have moved to their new positions, but the underlying bones and ligaments that support them will not have adapted to those new positions yet. Without a retainer, your teeth will simply move back to their old alignment, erasing your new smile and all the progress you made to get there! In addition to keeping up with a good oral hygiene routine, wearing a retainer is critical to ensuring the long-term health of your smile. We offer a variety of options, and Dr. McClain will work with you to select the retainer that's right for you.

Hawley Retainers

Hawley_retainerHawley retainers are made from a molded piece of acrylic that conforms to your mouth, with wires that protrude and wrap around your teeth. Hawley retainers are sturdy, durable, and versatile, making them a popular option with many patients. We can also customize the acrylic to your favorite colors and patterns.



Fixed Retainers

lingualbondedretainerFixed retainers, also known as bonded lingual retainers, are non-removable. They consist of a metal wire that's permanently fixed to the inside of the teeth using special dental cement. Fixed retainers are an ideal option for patients who have a high risk of tooth regression, as the retainer is constantly in action. While convenient and impossible to see from the outside, fixed retainers will require extra attention in your brushing and flossing routine, such as using floss threaders to clean between your teeth. If your fixed retainer breaks at any time during treatment, please call us right away to schedule an emergency repair appointment.

Essix Retainer

essixEssix retainers are clear, removable retainers that fit directly over the teeth with no wires, closely resembling Invisalign aligners. Since they are almost invisible when worn, they are a convenient option for many patients and can also provide some protection for patients that suffer from chronic teeth grinding (bruxism).



Contact Your Paris, TN Orthodontist Today

In combination with orthodontic treatment, retention therapy is a critical part of achieving a new smile that lasts a lifetime. Please contact us with any questions you have about retention or adult orthodontics in Paris, Camden, or McKenzie, TN. You can call our friendly team directly at (731) 644-9311, or if you'd like to get started with treatment right away you can easily request an appointment using our online form. We look forward to helping you achieve the smile of your dreams!