Retainers maintain your beautiful new smile, keeping your teeth in line and protecting your hard work
Both removable and bonded retainers are incredibly discreet and are hardly visible when worn.
You can wear removable retainers overnight, avoiding any disruption to your daily life
Precise digital scans give your retainers a snug and comfortable fit
You begin with your chosen orthodontic treatment, as discussed and planned with our specialist, David Gale. The length of your treatment will depend on the straightening system we are using for your particular case.
Once your orthodontic treatment is over, we reveal your brand new smile! We make sure you are completely happy with your results and begin the final stage of the process - your retainers.
We take digital scans and images of your teeth so your bespoke retainers can be created. At David Gale, we offer two types - removable clear plastic retainers and bonded retainers.
We recommend you use both bonded and removable retainers for the best results. The bonded retainers only keep the front six teeth in place, so if removable retainers are worn at night, this offers a belts and braces approach.
We show you how to use your removable retainers, or fix your bonded retainers to the back of your teeth. We give you some tips and advice for maintaining your straight smile and leave you to enjoy it!
*We will see you three months after your brace is removed to assess your retention and retainers and then a year after the brace has been removed.
Choosing to straighten your teeth and maintain your new smile can be expensive, which is why we’re pleased to offer a way to help you make your orthodontic treatment more affordable. Spread the cost with our flexible 0% interest payment plans and discover your perfect smile. Contact us for more information.Find out more
If you have a preference for the type of retainer you have, please let us know. One set of removable clear plastic retainers is included with all orthodontic treatment, but you have the option to have a bonded retainer, usually for an additional fee. We can advise you on the best type of retainer for your individual case.
If you have a removable retainer, you should keep it in a hard container or storage box whenever it is out of your mouth, to avoid damaging or losing it. Clean your retainer using cold water and a firm toothbrush, but avoid using toothpaste.
If you have a bonded retainer, you need to brush this as part of your normal teeth cleaning routine at home. We will show you how to clean your retainer effectively, using floss to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
If you break or lose your retainer, please let us know as soon as you can. We will advise you on the next steps, which may include inviting you to our practice for a replacement.
Retainers are designed to be comfortable, enabling you to easily wear them for hours at a time, and while you sleep. Removable retainers are a snug and accurate fit, and the precise nature of bonded retainers mean they should not hurt. If you find your retainers begin to hurt, your teeth may have shifted. Please contact us so we can help.
If you have a fixed retainer, this cannot be removed and so you will need to eat while it is in your mouth. To avoid causing unnecessary damage, we advise you to be careful when eating very sticky or hard foods, as these could dislodge your retainer.
If you have a removable retainer, this works in much the same way as an orthodontic aligner or mouthguard. You need to take it out of your mouth to eat or drink anything but water, popping it back in afterwards.
Let us help you with our specialised orthodontic care.
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