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Removable Retainers in Asheville, NC

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After months or years of wearing braces, you’re finally ready to embrace your beautiful new smile. To protect your investment in corrective treatment, you’ll likely need a retainer that keeps your teeth in place. Removable retainers from Black Orthodontics in Asheville, NC, are a simple, straightforward solution that is easy to clean, protects your aligned teeth and helps you feel confident in every situation.

Learn about the different types of removable retainers, how they’ll help your smile, how to clean a retainer and more with Black Orthodontics today.

Dentist show dental retainer orthodontic appliance on his hand.

What Are Removable Retainers?

After braces, your teeth may naturally shift back into their original position. A retainer prevents treatment reversal and ensures your teeth stay in their new, proper alignment. These orthodontic devices come in two primary types — permanent and removable.

What to Expect with Removable Retainers

Clear plastic retainers are thin, comfortable, and easy to remove when eating or drinking. Dr. Black will custom fit a retainer for you and give you all the information you need to keep your smile in place. Plus, your upfront treatment cost includes one retainer set and covers all office visits for a whole year past your date of completion.

Here are some tips on getting the most out of your treatment with removable retainers: 

Wear Your Retainer As Directed

The best way to keep your teeth from shifting is to wear your retainer consistently. Since your teeth naturally want to move out of position, wearing your retainer as directed is crucial to protect your investment.

It's normal to experience some soreness in the first few days after your braces come off. Your irritation will fade as you continue to wear your retainer.

Clean Your Retainer

Having a retainer means there are some additional steps to take when cleaning your teeth. When you brush your teeth twice daily, make sure you also thoroughly clean your retainer. Whenever you are cleaning your retainer, make sure you use cold water because hot water can warp the retainer.

Storing Your Retainer

While your removable retainer is quite durable, it is important to protect it carefully. The best rule of thumb for retainer care is always putting it back in its case when you remove it.

Never put your retainer in a napkin, as it can often be mistaken for trash. Avoid putting it directly into a pocket or purse, which can easily cause damage. It's also a smart idea to keep your retainers out of reach of children and pets.

Types of Removable Retainers We Offer at Black Orthodontics

When it comes to removable braces, there’s more than one available treatment option. At Black Orthodontics, we offer two types of removable dental retainers — Hawley and clear retainers.

Hawley Retainer

Close up of blue dental retainer

Hawley retainers are made of a plastic palate and a metal wire that goes around the front of your teeth to keep them in place. You’ll likely wear these retainers for 24 hours a day at the start of your treatment — minus eating or brushing — before shifting to a nighttime-only schedule, depending on your unique orthodontic situation.

Clear Retainers

Inivisalign braces or invisible orthodontic aligner.

These retainers, also known as Essix retainers, are made of clear plastic and fit over your teeth, much like Invisalign trays. At the start of your treatment, Dr. Black will likely recommend you wear your clear retainer 24 hours a day — only taking it out to eat or clean. With time, you might be able to wear your retainer less often, such as only at night.

Clear retainers are discreet, which means no one will notice you’re wearing them. They’re also molded specifically to your teeth for a comfortable, personalized fit that keeps your teeth straight and protects the significant investment you made in your braces.

Man Adjusting Transparent Aligners In His Teeth

Caring for Your Removable Retainer

You’ll have to take special care of your removable retainer to ensure it remains comfortable and clean. You should always remove your retainer before eating or drinking to avoid stains or potential damage. We also recommend rinsing your retainer with cold water a few times a day, such as every time you remove it to eat.

While a removable retainer is convenient, you should also be careful to store it properly when it’s not in your mouth. Use a proper retainer case to protect it from damage.

Reach out to Black Orthodontics for Removable Retainers Today

At Black Orthodontics, our entire team is dedicated to providing you with supportive care and a beautiful smile. If you have questions about our removable retainer options, call us at 828-277-7103 or schedule your free assessment today!